This Lil Peep Update About How He Died Is So Sad & Terrifying — REPORT
New information about the untimely death of rapper Lil Peep has emerged. According to TMZ, a police report shows that Lil Peep reportedly never woke up from a nap. The young singer died Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the age of 21. Born Gustav Ahr, police told CNN that Peep may have suffered from an overdose, but an official cause of death has yet to be determined. Bustle has reached out to First Access Entertainment, who partnered with Peep in 2016, about the latest news surrounding the artist's death, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
In a phone interview on Thursday, Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, told CNN,
Dugan also told CNN that no foul play was suspected. TMZ reports that one of the rapper's managers said that Peep took a nap before his Tuscon show. She reportedly checked in on him around 5:45 p.m., and he was breathing normally at the time. According to the report, she decided to let him sleep after she was unable to wake him up. Reportedly, Peep's second manager checked on him later that night and found him unresponsive, at which time Peep's team began administering CPR. When the police arrived, they say that they found Xanax pills, loose marijuana, and an unknown tan powder on Peep's tour bus.
Peep's death has saddened the music community, and led to a discussion about mental health issues among his friends and fans. Just hours before the news broke that the rapper had died, he posted a photo on his Instagram page with the caption, "When I die You'll love me." A second photo from Wednesday, Nov. 15, appears to show Peep taking pills.
The rapper was always open about his issues with drug addiction and depression. He incorporated his struggles into his music. In 2016's "White Wine," Peep sang,
He also discussed his mental health issues on Twitter. In February, he tweeted, "I am a depressed drug addict and I'm nearing my breaking point. Everything I love is disappearing."
Since his death, Peep's fans have been speaking out about the need for an honest discussion surrounding drug use and depression. YouTube user Elijah Daniel tweeted,
The response to Peep's death makes it clear that his music resonated deeply with his fanbase and his peers.
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. lil peep deserved a happy ending.— lil phag (@elijahdaniel) November 16, 2017
Thank you Lil Peep for believing in me, thank you for telling me how much of a positive influence I was in your life to my face, thank u for keeping it real and showing me Me again! Thank u for inspiring me and being my friend. You are a true legend forever🖤💜💝❤️— Master Magician (@iLoveMakonnen5D) November 17, 2017
A boy with a dream, I will forever love you 💔 pic.twitter.com/AidudrD8Iy— LIL PEEP FAN PAGE 💔 (@lilpeepdaily) November 16, 2017
Sarah Stennett, the CEO of First Access Entertainment, which partnered with Peep in 2016, told Bustle in a statement on the date of his passing:
While it's easiest to call Peep a rapper, the artist seamlessly moved between genres. His music was at once emo, rap, and rock. Despite being at the start of his career, Peep already seemed to be looking forward to making moves into other industries, including fashion. In an August interview with GQ, Peep said,
Losing anyone at such a young age is always heartbreaking. Peep seems to have had big plans for his future, but there's no doubt that his music will continue to live on through his fans.