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Aspiring New York rapper and YouTube star Lil Peep, who was once called the “future of emo,” has died. The artist, who also developed fans through the use of Soundcloud, was only only 21-years-old.
His representative confirmed his death Rolling Stone. However, that leaves many distraught fans wondering: How did Lil Peep die? The official cause of death was not yet released, but his music manager said he was taken to the hospital for a suspected overdose. The news broke of Lil Peep’s death on November 16, and his representative told the music magazine that he died the night before. Rolling Stone described Lil Peep as a “mixed guitar-driven emo and rap production on mixtapes that gained millions of plays on SoundCloud.”
Troubling reports of his last moments circulated. Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Åhr,”grew up in Long Beach, New York,” according to The Guardian, which reported that Lil Peep “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.’”
That wasn’t the only video to circulate. On social media, a very disturbing and graphic video also circulated that purported to show Lil Peep dead, but its accuracy was not confirmed. 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.’”
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.”
Fans also offered tributes to the You Tube star who had just dropped a full-length album. 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. 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.”
The rapper was known for singing about gritty subjects like drugs and depression. Sarah Stennett, the CEO of First Access Entertainment, said, according to The Guardian: “I am shocked and heartbroken. I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing […] I have spoken to his mother and she asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life.”