Tuesday 20 August 2019

Rapper Lil Peep (21) found dead of suspected drug overdose on tour bus

Lil Peep
Lil Peep
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The US rapper Lil Peep - a budding star whose emotional, downtrodden lyrics gained a cult following online - has died of a suspected drug overdose aged 21.

The musician, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, was found dead on his tour bus ahead of a concert in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday night.

Sargeant Pete Dugan said evidence pointed to an overdose of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

The Pima County medical examiner's office, which completed a post-mortem examination on Thursday, said a drug overdose was the likely cause but that toxicology test results would take six to eight weeks.

Sarah Stennett, who runs First Access Entertainment, a company that previously worked with Mr Ahr, said she was "shocked and heartbroken".

"He was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle and charming," she said. "He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing."

A Long Island native who later relocated to Los Angeles, Mr Ahr built his career on homemade mixtapes released on the audio sharing platform SoundCloud.

Millions of online listens led to the August release of his first full-length album, Come Over When You're Sober, Part 1.

In a 2016 interview with Pitchfork, he described his confessional music as a new version of "emo", the rock genre that was occupied by bands such as Good Charlotte and My Chemical Romance in the 2000s.

With tattoos covering his body and parts of his face and a shock of blond hair, the rapper's striking appearance caught the fashion world's attention.

He made runway appearances for several labels in Europe and his ambitions in that realm rivalled his dreams for his rap career.

"I think the fashion world really needs me right now," he told GQ in August.

In her statement, Ms Stennett passed on comments from Mr Ahr's mother.

"She asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life," she said.

"She is truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him."

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