Fans And Friends React To The Heartbreaking Loss Of Young Hip-Hop And Emo Artist Lil Peep

"We have lost something special."

Trigger warning: This post discusses issues of suicide, drug use, and mental health.

With the unexpected passing of Lil Peep, a performer who fused hip-hop and emo, the music world has lost a young talent with a seemingly infinite amount of potential. According to multiple reports, the rapper died Wednesday night in Tucson, Ariz., at the young age of 21.


The exact cause of death is still unknown but Lil Peep's music manager, Adam Grandmaison, told The Guardian the Long Island, N.Y.-born singer had died of an overdose. This, sadly, wouldn't be too far off as a New York Times obituary notes how Lil Peep had told it about how he struggled with drug use and suicidal tendencies — aspects highlighted in his music, too.

"I am shocked and heartbroken," Sarah Stannett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, who partnered with Lil Peep in 2016, said in a statement via Billboard. "I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family, and his friends. He was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle, and charming. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing."

It's all true. Lil Peep — born Gustav Åhr — had been on the rise ever since first starting on YouTube and Soundcloud, releasing tracks, EPs, and mixtapes along the way. About him, Pitchfork wrote a profile titled "Rapper Lil Peep Is the Future of Emo," and a three-part Medium profile wrote "it's obvious Peep is going to blow up" — all at the beginning of 2017. He showcased his talents on his debut album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, just a few months ago and made headlines by coming out as bisexual — clearly proving to not be one to fit himself into any mold if he didn't want to.

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

As Lil Peep's mom points out, this young man — at such a young age — had already made a huge impact on the world. And, as such, fellow artists took to Twitter to honor Lil Peep's memory:

If you or a loved one are looking for help with substance abuse, there are numerous ways of reaching out. Check out the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at its website or call 1-800-662-HELP. In crisis or know of someone in crisis? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-TALK with trained counselors ready to assist.

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