Sunday 21 October 2018

Sam Smith, Bella Thorne lead tributes to rapper Lil Peep after his death at 21

The rapper’s friends and fans have paid tribute.

Lil Peep
Lil Peep

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Singer Sam Smith and actress Bella Thorne have led tributes to rapper Lil Peep, who has reportedly died of a suspected overdose at the age of 21.

They were joined by Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz, Blink 182’s Travis Barker, DJ Diplo and rapper Ty Dolla Sign in mourning the death of the up-and-coming star, born Gustav Ahr.

Smith wrote on Twitter: “Seeing the news of Lil Peep is so desperately sad.”

Thorne, the former girlfriend of the hip hop star, said in videos on her Instagram stories: “To anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan you guys know how talented he was. How good he was. Well, he was even more f***ing great as a person.’

She added on Twitter: “Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn’t do your greatness justice.”

Wentz shared a picture of Peep holding up Wentz’s picture, with the caption: “Lil Peep forever,” followed by a heart emoji.

Diplo added: “Peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I don’t feel good man,” while Barker wrote: “RIP LIL PEEP,”  with a broken heart emoji.

Ty Dolla Sign said: “Lil peep wtfffffffffff bro I’m sick.”

Marshmello, who has recently collaborated with Selena Gomez, added: “I cant even believe this. We were just talking last week about working on a song together and now you’re gone. You will be missed, R.I.P.

“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. Everyone will miss you man.

Adam Grandmaison, a friend of Lil Peep who runs the rap YouTube channel No Jumper, wrote that he had heard the rapper was hospitalised after an overdose and posted a string of pictures of them together.

The rapper’s emotional tracks often referred to his depression and drug use and his debut album Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One) was met with praise when it was released in August.

Press Association

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