Lil Peep Dead at 21: Emotional Bella Thorne Mourns Rapper Ex as Celebs Pay Tribute
Music manager Adam Grandmaison said Lil Peep was taken to the hospital following an overdose, according to a report
Emerging rapper and YouTube star Lil Peep has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 21.
His U.K. representative confirmed the news to The Guardian, which reports music manager Adam Grandmaison said the musician was taken to the hospital following an overdose. His publicist also confirmed his death in an email to Pitchfork but did not give a cause of death.
According to Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tucson Police Dept., Peep may have overdosed on Xanax and was pronounced deceased at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday night.
“Based on information [police] were told and evidence that was found in the tour bus, they had evidence of a possible drug overdose, most likely from Xanax,” Sgt. Dugan tells PEOPLE, adding that an official cause of death will be released by the medical examiner after toxicology reports. “Based on evidence, there was drug paraphernalia found inside the bus and some narcotics.”
Peep’s manager Chase Ortega broke the tragic news via Twitter, according to Billboard.
“I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f—,” he wrote early Thursday.
Sarah Stennett, the CEO of First Access Entertainment — which partnered with Lil Peep last year — said in a statement to PEOPLE, “I am shocked and heartbroken. I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. 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,” according to The Guardian.
Lil Peep, who was born Gustav Åhr, openly spoke about his drug use in in his lyrics.
“I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘F—, I wish I didn’t wake up,'” he told Pitchfork in an interview published in January. “I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that s— out.”
In a video posted on his Instagram on Tuesday night promoting his show in El Paso, Texas, the rapper said he had “six Xanax, and now it’s lit.”
He continued, “I’m good, I’m not sick. I’mma see you all tonight.”
“F— I don’t know what to say,” she wrote. “Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn’t do your greatness justice.”
Thorne also shared two videos to Instagram stories, emotionally reacting to Peep’s death. “I just wanted to say anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan, you guys know how talented he was, you guys know how great he was,” she said. “Well he was even more f—— great as a person.”
Others in the music industry also mourned the loss.
“Peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me,” wrote Diplo. “I dont feel good man.”
Sam Smith added, “Seeing the news of Lil Peep is so desperately sad.”
Others to post tributes included Pete Wentz and Travis Barker.