Rising star Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, has died at the age of 21, it has sadly emerged. The rapper's official cause of death has not yet been confirmed but multiple sources are reporting that he died following a drug overdose.
First shared by fans on forum sites, the news was soon made official by two of the New York musician's representatives. Chase Ortega, one of the late rapper's managers, expressed his sadness upon hearing the news, adding that unfortunately he had been "expecting this call for a year."
Despite his young age, Lil Peep had emerged as one of the leading figures of a kind of hybrid rap mixing hip-hop influences with emo sounds. The experimental artist was also not afraid to approach hard-hitting subjects, such as suicide or drug addiction, in his music.
Last August, he released his first album Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1, following a series of mixtapes, which gained him notoriety in the hip-hop world. Hailed as 'one to watch' by multiple music publications, Lil Peep had been performing on a nationwide tour when he died.
I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck— Chase (@RealChaseOrtega) 16 novembre 2017
A number of artists, from Post Malone to Diplo, have paid homage to the great musician on Twitter:
R.I.P. Lil Peep. im glad i got to meet you when we were in dc, this shit is crazy.— Brian (@richchigga) 16 novembre 2017
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man— diplo (@diplo) 16 novembre 2017
So young. So sad. RIP @Lilpeep— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) 16 novembre 2017
Lil peep wtfffffffffff bro I'm sick— Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) 16 novembre 2017
I remember Lil peep telling me he is against the sexual abuse of women and people in the music industry... I will continue to push his vision thank you - Lil B— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) 16 novembre 2017
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) 16 novembre 2017
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