Rapper Lil Peep has died at the age of 21, his UK publicist has confirmed. According to the Guardian, Tucson Police Department said that there was evidence of a possible drug overdose, but there hasn't been any official word yet.
Lil Peep, born Gustav Åhr, was found unresponsive in his tour bus. His manager, Chase Ortega, tweeted last night that he had been "expecting this call for a year." He has since made his Twitter private.
After self-releasing a series of mixtapes on SoundCloud, the Long Beach, New York-based Peep quickly gained recognition as an “emo rapper” because of his highly emotional lyricism. Lil Peep’s music was candid and open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, and mixed elements of rap, emo, beach pop, and more to create his unique sound.
His recent tracks off of his debut studio record, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt 1, have racked up millions of views on YouTube. The album, which dropped in September, only had seven songs, which has led many to believe he was working on a part two with other notable rappers and producers like Post Malone.
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
Artists like Diplo and Marshmello have tweeted their condolences about the rapper’s passing:
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man
— diplo (@diplo) November 16, 2017
I cant even believe this. We were just talking last week about working on a song together and now you’re gone. You will be missed, R.I.P. @Lilpeep 😪 pic.twitter.com/GQRJe8Vck0
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) November 16, 2017
R.I.P Lil Peep Dawg
— king of the youth (@lilyachty) November 16, 2017
Lil peep wtfffffffffff bro I'm sick❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) November 16, 2017
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for those needing assistance with depression or drug addiction. If you’re in the U.S., you can call directly at 1-800-273-8255.