Lil Peep, an emerging star and rapper passed away Wednesday night of a suspected drug overdose. Lil Peep was only 21 years old from New York and his passing has taken a toll on the rap community.
Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus in Tucson, Arizona. Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tucson Police Department says that the evidence pointed to an overdose of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.
Pima County’s medical examiner’s office, which completed an autopsy Thursday, said a drug overdose was the likely cause but that toxicology test results would take six to eight weeks.
Peep’s manager, Chase Ortega, was the first to break the unfortunate news. “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f***,” he tweeted.
CEO of First Access Entertainment, Sarah Stennett, signed Peep in early 2016. Stennett has released a statement about his death.
“I am shocked and heartbroken. I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends. He was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle and charming. 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. She is truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.”
Lil Peep was truly on the rise. Since 2015, Peep released a series of Soundcloud tracks, EPs, Mixtapes, and a youtube channel where it all began. His videos “Awful Things,” “Benz Truck,” and “The Brightside” tracked a couple million views each. It was then that Lil Peep was picked up by an agent, Cara Lewis.
Lil Peep wasn’t just involved in the music world, he also had a spot in the fashion industry. He made several runway appearances for many labels in Europe. Peep talked to GQ in August and stated, “I just think the fashion world needs me right now.”
On Peep’s debut album, “Call Me When You’re Sober Part 1”, dropped September 1st, the cross-genre of Hip Hop and Emo became evident.
Peep had a fanbase that was growing rapidly as well. Lil Peep showed to be an open book about his personal battles with heartbreak, depression, drug use and his bisexuality.
Peep was open about his drug addictions. Lyrics in his songs talked about it, like in his track “Praying To The Sky”. I hear voices in my head, they tellin’ me to call it quits / I found some Xanax in my bed, I took that s***, went back to sleep”; “Sniffin’ cocaine ’cause I didn’t have no Actavis / Smokin’ propane with my clique and the bad b******”; “Gettin’ high ’cause my life don’t mean s*** to me”. The way he thought of drugs was not a lifestyle, but a way to escape.
Prescription drugs have become a normality to abuse in the United States. Xanax seemed to be Peep’s drug of choice. The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
Other rappers and celebrities have tweeted out their tributes to the late rapper, expressing their heartbreak and thoughts.
Lil Peep forever❤️ pic.twitter.com/Yng5ABM0UL
— pw (@petewentz) November 16, 2017
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 (@charli_xcx) November 16, 2017
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
Fans have also spoken up about their love for Peep and how much they will miss his influence on the scene.
stop talking about Lil Peep like he was a lowlife druggy, he was a young artist who built himself up from the ground & struggled with not only his sexuality & identity but his mental health. Stop using him as a drug PSA & recognize poor mental health & drug abuse go hand in hand
— dumb broad (@hxnnxhmclean) November 16, 2017
Say what you want about Lil Peep's music, but he had a huge influence on the underground hip-hop scene, and he definetly had a larger career ahead of him. 21 years old is definetly too young. Rest in peace.
— Kaffe (@ZFKaffe) November 16, 2017
The abuse of prescription drugs is an epidemic that needs to be actually taken seriously so tragedies like Peep’s death don’t continue in this fashion. Peep’s rising fame was shown to be promising and it being cut short like that is truly heartbreaking. Lil Peep will be missed.