YouTube star Lil Peep dies at 21
American singer and rapper Lil Peep has died at just 21 years old. Born Gustav Åhr in 1996, his songs “White Wine”, “Benz Truck”, and “The Way I See Things” have each gained over 4 million views on YouTube and his debut full-length album ‘Come Over When You’re Sober’ dropped back in August this year.
Lil Peep has struggled with depression, heartbreak, drug use and sexuality for all of his life. He was known for habitual substance abuse, particularly his addictions to cocaine, ecstasy, and Xanax, a theme he regularly referenced in his lyrics and posts on social media.
In one Instagram post, Gustav proclaimed himself as a “productive junkie” and said “don’t do drugs”. He was also vocal in his music and in interviews about his close relationship with his mother. The rapper came out as bisexual in August 2017 on Twitter.
In a video Lil Peep posted online hours before his death, he said he had taken prescription drugs and other substances, saying: “I’m good, I’m not sick”. It was Peep’s manager Chase Ortega to break the bad news, tweeting “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fu*k.”
Official reasons for his passing have not been revealed but the singer’s close friend, Adam “Adam22” Grandmaison, reported on Twitter that he was in the hospital due to an overdose.
A slew of recorded artists paid tribute to the young performer, from Post Malone to Marshmello, Rich Chigga and many more. “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,” tweeted Marshmello. “Everyone will miss you man.”
Peep “had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man,” tweeted DJ and producer Diplo. “Rockstar” rapper Post Malone was also touched by the young talent. “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,” he tweeted.