Musician, Lil Peep has died aged just 21 years old.
Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, was reportedly taken to hospital following an overdose, according to music manager Adam Grandmaison, reports the Guardian.
The emerging emo rapper gained acclaim on YouTube, where his songs White Wine, Benz Truck and The Way I See Things have each gained over four million views, racking in a huge 57,789,427 views in total.
The tattooed artist’s work was of the SoundCloud generation, which strives for independence and total creativity with their music. Many critics had him pegged for great things in the future.
Peep’s manager Chase Ortega broke the bad news on Twitter, writing:
I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f*ck
I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck
— Chase (@RealChaseOrtega) November 16, 2017
The New York-born artist, who resided in London as of this year, is a member of GOTHBOICLIQUE alongside Lil Tracy, Mackned, Cold Hart and others, and his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, had just dropped in September.
Lil Peep was heavily involved in fashion, proudly displaying his own unique style while performing, and attending fashion week catwalk shows such as Balmain.
Friend and collaborator, Post Malone, shared his condolences:
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
The musician sampled Radiohead, Underoath, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, The Postal Service, Oasis, and The Microphones in his songs.
In his last Instagram post, sent just 8 hours ago, the emo rapper praised his fans for their beauty, sharing a photograph of three alongside a positive message with his loyal followers.
Hours before the self-confessed ‘productive junkie’ shared a photograph of himself captioned ‘fucc it’.
Tragically, Lil Peep was billed to play a gig tonight at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California.
His tour, which began in August, was penned to finish tomorrow on November 17.
Others quickly lined up to praise Lil Peep’s talents, writing:
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) November 16, 2017
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.
R.I.P. Lil Peep. im glad i got to meet you when we were in dc, this shit is crazy.
— Brian (@richchigga) November 16, 2017
Rich Chigga continued:
It’s important to be positive at a time like this, tell your friends you love them and how much you appreciate them
R.I.P Lil Peep Dawg
— king of the youth (@lilyachty) November 16, 2017
RIP LIL PEEP
— Lil pump (@lilpump) November 16, 2017
Woah man this is crazy. Hit me for six. Shocking news. RIP Lil Peep he was carving a lane for himself in the industry so well
— Plastician (@Plastician) November 16, 2017
Peep was a truly modern artist who spoke to the depth of emotions felt by his young fanbase, and was declared ‘the future of emo’ before his untimely passing.
Lil Peeps’s uniquely melancholic mix of post-hardcore, lo-fi rap and emo-trap explored issues of suicide and drug use.
Condolences to his family, friends and loyal fanbase. RIP Lil Peep.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.