Lil Peep Dies at 21 from Suspected Overdose
Rest in peace
UPDATE (11-16): According to Pitchfork, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner has ruled Lil Peep’s death an overdose. The rapper died Wednesday in Arizona. He was 21.
Lil Peep, born Gustav Ähr, died Wednesday night in Tuscon, Arizona, according to multiple reports.
Lil Peep’s close friend and manager, Chase Ortega, broke the news via Twitter stating that he’s “been expecting this call for a year.” The official cause of death is unknown, but The Guardian is reporting that he died from a suspected overdose. He was 21.
I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck
— Chase (@RealChaseOrtega) November 16, 2017
The Long Beach, New York-raised singer/rapper was in Tuscon in Wednesday for a show at the venue The Rock. It has been reported that there were ambulances and police surrounding his tour bus.
Ortega followed up his tweet with an Instagram post stating, “I’m completely heartbroken and lost right now. I can’t even feel it’s not real. I love you and I’ll miss you always. One of the realest. Please someone tell me this isn’t real.”
Cortez followed up his post with a comment explaining, “Guys I’m sorry but it’s true. I confirmed it. Please I don’t really wanna talk about it I’ll prob delete this I just don’t know where else to vent.”
Lil Peep released his debut album Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One) in August after a rapid rise from underground outsider to major label status. As the figurehead of the Gothboiclique, Peep was known for his original blend of emo and rap and positive personality, though he made depression and mental illnesses central themes in his music. Rap purists balked at his musical and personal style, but he was often praised for the inclusivity in his work as he spoke out for women, people of color, and trans people. His star was certainly rising, and this spring, he attended the men’s fashion shows in Paris and walked the runway for Vlone.
As news broke, many other artists and friends took to social media to share their memories of Lil Peep and give condolences.
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. i love you bud. forever pic.twitter.com/tpbxpkf4f4
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) November 16, 2017
I remember Lil peep telling me he is against the sexual abuse of women and people in the music industry… I will continue to push his vision thank you – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) November 16, 2017
R.I.P Lil Peep Dawg
— king of the youth (@lilyachty) November 16, 2017
RIP LIL PEEP I️ SEEN EM LIVE @ SHOW IN BK HE WAS DEF BRINGING BAC EM GREEN DAY LINKIN PARK VIBEZ – 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— YG ADDIE A$AP ANT (@ygAddie) November 16, 2017
Lil peep wtfffffffffff bro I’m sick❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) November 16, 2017
Our sympathies go out to Peep’s family, friends, fans and loved ones. Rest in peace.