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Newly Out Bisexual Rapper Lil Peep Dies at 21 of a Suspected Overdose

The emo-trap rapper Lil Peep died while on tour in Arizona. His manager found Peep on the tour bus unresponsive; first responders were unable to save him.

In an interview with CNN, Sergeant Pete Dugan said Peep died of a suspected drug overdose, most likely from Xanax, a tranquilizer. Dugan added “Obviously, we’re not medical examiners, so there will be an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.”

Peep, born Gustav Åhr, had just turned 21 on November 1; in August, he came out as bisexual.  He was a rising star in the rap community for his style of blending hip-hop with emo. For example, his song “White Tee,” used a beat sampled from The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights.”

Many of his lyrics referenced his struggles with drug use. The hook of his song “The Song They Played (When I Crashed Into the Wall)” has the lyrics:

I don’t wanna die alone right now, but I admit I do sometimes
These drugs are callin’ me, do one more line, don’t fall asleep
This is the song they played when I crashed into the wall
This is the girl I told that we could have it all

Peep was also open about his drug abuse outside of his music. The day before he died, he posted an Instagram video (now deleted) where he says he just took six Xanax. Slurring his words, he assures the audience he’s “good” and “not sick.” In an interview with Pitchfork he said, “Everyone always begged me to [seek medication for his depression], but I don’t want to do it. I just like smoking weed and whatever other drug comes my way.”

Peep’s loved ones were also sadly unsurprised. In a now-protected tweet, his manager Chase Ortega wrote “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck.”

His loss is deeply felt in the hip-hop community. Many celebrities mourned on Twitter.

Lil Peep released his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One) on August 15. Before that, he had released a number of mixtapes. In an interview with Noisey Peep said the album was “definitely the best project that I’ve made to date.”

 

Featured image by G L Askew II via Fader