The official cause of death was not yet released, but his music manager said he was taken to the hospital for a suspected overdose, and police said the likely culprit was Xanax. The news broke of Lil Peep’s death on November 16, and his representative told the music magazine that he died the night before. According to Rolling Stone, Lil Peep “mixed guitar-driven emo and rap production on mixtapes that gained millions of plays on SoundCloud.”
According to Daily Variety, “Peep posted an Instagram video on Wednesday in which he said he was ‘lit’ after taking ‘six Xanax.'” He had already written recently about death.
He wrote on Instagram one day before his death with the above video, “I just wana be everybody’s everything I want too much from people but then I don’t want anything from them at the same time u feel me I don’t let people help me but I need help but not when I have my pills but that’s temporary one day maybe I won’t die young and I’ll be happy? What is happy I always have happiness for like 10 seconds and then it’s gone. I’m getting so tired of this.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Lil Peep Made a Post Online About Taking Prescription Drugs Before His Death
Lil Peep’s real name was Gustav Åhr, and he “grew up in Long Beach, New York,” according to The Guardian, which reported that the aspiring rapper “was reportedly taken to hospital following an overdose, according to music manager Adam Grandmaison. In a video Åhr posted online hours before his death, he said he had taken prescription drugs and other substances, saying: ‘I’m good, I’m not sick.'” On social media, a video also circulated that purported to show Lil Peep dead, but it’s accuracy was not confirmed.
Police confirmed that’s the likely cause of death of Lil Pep, who was found dead in his tour bus. “After speaking with people on scene and going into the tour bus, (police) said that there was evidence of a possible drug overdose, most likely from Xanax,” Tucson, Arizona police Sgt. Pete Dugan told CNN.
“Obviously, we’re not medical examiners, so there will be an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death,” Dugan said to CNN, adding that there was “no sign of any kind of foul play” and police are “treating it as a suspicious death case, most likely from an overdose.”
TMZ reported that Lil Peep’s body was found on his tour bus. He “has died of a suspected overdose on his tour bus … according to multiple reports,” TMZ reported. “Lil Peep’s body was reportedly found on the bus during a stop Wednesday in Arizona. He had posted a photo earlier in the day with what appear to be prescription pills in his mouth and the caption, ‘fucc it.'” That’s the photo seen above. Just hours before he died, according to The Independent, “he posted a picture on Instagram that appeared to show him taking two pills. In a post a previous day, he wrote: ‘When I die you’ll love me.'”
2. Other Rappers & Friends Offered Tributes to Lil Peep on Social Media
As word of Lil Peep’s untimely death spread on social media, other rappers began offering tributes to him. Lil Peep “had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me”, wrote Diplo. Producer Marshmello wrote: “Peep was the nicest person. Hanging out with him, talking to him about music, the song ideas we were going to do together and touring was so amazing.”
“In the short time that I knew you, you were a great friend to me and a great person. Your music changed the world and it’ll never be the same,” Post Malone wrote. “I love you bud. Forever.” Bella Thorne, who reportedly once dated Lil Peep, wrote, “F— I don’t know what to say. … Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn’t do your greatness justice.”
“Lil Peep passing is such a tragedy. I remember hearing him for the first time and being so enthralled. Love to all his family, friends and fans. We have lost something special. R.I.P.,” Charli XCX tweeted.
3. Lil Peep Was a YouTube Star as Well as an Emerging Rapper
Lil Peep was breaking through because of his musical talents and his social media savvy. Billboard called him “an emerging singer, rapper and YouTube star whose debut full-length album dropped in recent months.” According to Billboard, he “enjoyed full traction through his YouTube channel where his videos to ‘Awful Things,’ ‘Benz Truck,’ ‘The Brightside’ and others,” which were viewed by millions of people.
According to Pitchfork, which interviewed him in recent months for a lengthy profile story, “It was Peep’s debut project, LiL PEEP PART ONE, that initially set him apart: He sings from his throat in half-rapped ruminations about guzzling drugs, suicide, and ex-girlfriends, all facets of his real life. His music recalls Kurt Cobain’s tortured sense of self, the jetpack fuel for his breakthrough September mixtape Hellboy, mostly recorded in a forgotten drug-fueled haze at his old place in Skid Row.”
4. Lil Peep’s Manager Confirmed the News With an Expletive
Friends of Lil Peep had long feared something like this could happen. Lil Peep’s manager Chase Ortega confirmed the death on Twitter, writing, “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f*ck.”
There were extreme warning signs in Lil Peep’s life for a long time. “I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘F—, I wish I didn’t wake up,’” he told Pitchfork in an interview from last January. “I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that s— out.”
That interview noted, “Combining themes of suicide and revenge with trap drums and scraggly guitars, this 20-year-old is reinventing heart-on-sleeve agony for a new generation.” According to Pitchfork, “He’s the fresh-faced avatar of post-emo angst that’s not quite rap or rock. Instead, it falls into a grey area full of with spidery guitars, 808 drums, and wall-of-sound production. It’s been described as the ‘new emo’ and ’emo trap,’ raw and stinging and a direct confluence of his influences—Gucci Mane, Crystal Castles, Panic! at the Disco.”
5. Lil Peep Sang About Depression & Drugs
Lil Peep’s music was known for touching deep and gritty themes, like depression and drugs, according to Billboard, which noted that people debated whether he fit in the rap or the emo genres. He broke through on Soundcloud. “Lil Peep had a promising career in front of him. His star had been on the rise since 2015 via a series of Soundcloud tracks, EPs and mixtapes,” Billboard reported.
Wrote one fan as news of his death broke: “Lil peep challenged the stigma around mental health, lgbt issues, gender roles, addiction… let’s please make this about celebrating the amazing things he’s done in his short life instead of writing him off as another pill popping rapper.” According to the New York Daily News, Lil Peep spoke about his addiction struggles in a recent interview. Asked if he was struggling, Lil Peep replied: “Yeah, definitely man. If anything, things have gotten worse.”