The music world is mourning the loss of a fierce young talent, with the announcement that New York rapper Lil Peep has died at just 21 years old. According to his manager, Adam Grandmaison, he was rushed to the hospital after an overdose. Just hours before his death, he posted a video to Instagram, claiming he took six Xanax ahead of his El Paso, Texas show, and insistin, “I’m not sick.”
After a series of self-produced mixtapes, Lil Peep released Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One) earlier this year. Known for his deeply emotional lyricism, he quickly gained a devoted cult following. Also praised for his unique style, he earned acclaim from fashion industry insiders, even walking in a show for Vlone and posing for a Mario Testino shoot that ran in V Magazine.
“I am shocked and heartbroken,” said First Access Entertainment CEO Sarah Stennett, who worked with the artist last year. “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… 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. She is truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.”
Friends and members of the music community have taken to Twitter to express their grief. Some are also using his death to raise awareness of depression and drug abuse.
Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn't do your greatness justice
— bella thorne (@bellathorne) November 16, 2017
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man
— diplo (@diplo) November 16, 2017
So sad to hear the news about Lil Peep. So heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans 💕
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) November 16, 2017
Regardless of how you feel about Lil Peep's music, no one can deny that he was a creative, bold artist who inspired many, and challenged the system. This shit sucks. No one should die that young.
— Zoe Camp (@jzcamp) November 16, 2017
R.I.P. Lil Peep
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 16, 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) November 16, 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) November 16, 2017
tell ur friends u love them, talk to people about ur problems, let ur friends know they're not alone. know u arent alone. idk. im sad. depression isnt trendy its an awful rotting feeling. lil peep deserved a happy ending.
— lil phag (@elijahdaniel) November 16, 2017
Take this tragic loss as a learning tool as you are all in mourning. All that pill poppin, codeine sippin', etc. that you all partake in is extremely dangerous and y'all need to stop popularizing it and making it "cool". Someone died bro. Wake up and get it together. RIP Lil Peep
— VI Seconds (@visecs) November 16, 2017
so sad to hear the tragedy about Lil Peep. Drugs are dangerous, please don’t do drugs! RIP Peep.
— Romeo Lacoste (@RomeoLacoste) November 16, 2017
RIP to Lil Peep. Another one gone too soon. I hope we can do something about the glorification of hard drugs in hip hop. Life is very fragile and none of us are invincible.
— Cam Meekins (@CamMeekins) November 16, 2017
Lil Peep died of a drug over dose. Even if you don't know who he is this brings up a HUGE issue that we NEED to discuss. Hip hops has drug abuse problem! Too often do we promote things that will literally kill us and say nothing when something like this happens. WAKE up ppl.
— Scru (@scrufacejean) November 16, 2017