Lil Peep, whose real name is Gustav Åhr, a promising 21-year-old rapper, died from a reported drug overdose on Wednesday evening.
In an eerie twist, just hours before his death he shared an image on-stage with a caption reading: “When I die you’ll love me” while also posting a shot in which he seemed to have placed two pills on his tongue.
The New York-born artist’s former lover Bella Thorne appeared heartbroken as she posted an Instagram story in which she mourned his sudden passing while his manager, Chase Ortega wrote: “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f***.”
In a short series of videos, Bella said: “To anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan you guys know how talented he was. How good he was. Well, he was even more f**king great as a person.”
According to UPROXX and various news sites, those close to the rapper believe he died from a drug overdose hours before he was due to perform a show in Arizona.
Tributes flooded in, including one from rapper Post Malone, who penned on Twitter: “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.”
Rocker Pete Wentz also took to the microblogging site to share a snap of the musician holding up a picture of his image: “Lil Peep forever.”
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. Everyone will miss you man.”
Superstar DJ Diplo wrote: “Peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I don’t feel good man.”
Musician Lil Phag wrote: “tell ur friends u love them, talk to people about ur problems, let ur friends know they’re not alone. know u arent alone. idk. im sad. depression isnt trendy its an awful rotting feeling. deserved a happy ending.”
Lil Peep was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Long Island by his mother Liza after his father left the family in his youth. After a stint at Long Beach High School he soon dropped out and finished his schooling at home with his first grade teacher mum.
Speaking about his absent father in the past: “Yeah, yeah. I haven’t spoken to him since either. I don’t really f**k with my dad.”
In an interview with Highsnobiety last month, the site wrote of the star: “The Lil Peep hype is a no brainer. Between his music, his look and his attitude, he’s a triple threat-perfect package for instant intrigue and controversy.”
During the chat, the confident star said: “I always knew that it was going to happen, and it happened so quick because it just comes very easily to me. Not to be that guy but it’s just so easy, I can do all this stuff in my sleep, it just comes naturally.”
He was open about his drug use and mental health battles – including anxiety and suicide attempts.
In the interview, when asked about when he last cried, he said: “I cry a lot, I get stressed out, I get overwhelmed. There’s no point in getting a bunch of attention and you know, wasting it. You got to do something important with the attention you get.”
Speaking to Pitchfork earlier this year he revealed he is not medicated for depression and insisted he does not like to pay for drugs but will take any that comes his way.
He said: “I’m not (medicated for depression). Everyone always begged me to, but I don’t want to do it. I just like smoking weed and whatever other drug comes my way. Most people usually have to set out to find drugs. I don’t like to pay for it. I just like to get it for free.”
“I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like: “F**k I wish I didn’t wake up”. That was part of why I moved to California, trying to get away from the place that was doing that to me, and the people I was around. I realized it was just myself — it’s a chemical imbalance in my brain.”
The star, who had his forehead inked with the words ‘Get Cake Die Young’, was described by Pitchfork as: “He sings from his throat in half-rapped ruminations about guzzling drugs, suicide, and ex-girlfriends, all facets of his real life.”
A look at Lil Peep’s most shocking lyrics
Sometimes Life Gets F**ked Up: ‘I can still feel your touch / I still do those same drugs’
Poppin’ Pills Thinkin’ About You: ‘So I’m gettin’ high all week without you / Popping pills, thinking about you’
Crying Diamonds: ‘Shawty im a real piece of s**t right / Fall in love me now she always sucking d**k right / I just told my b***h im getting money’
Crybaby: ‘I wanna die too, we all wanna die too / I got this vibe I swear she love getting high to / I love getting high too, I wanna hide you’
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