Police are reportedly looking into the possibility Lil Peep took fentanyl-laced drugs before his death as they reveal they’re treating the tragedy as a ‘criminal investigation’.
Officers in Arizona already revealed investigators are ‘on the hunt’ after receiving ‘multiple tips’, TMZ reported.
A police report revealed Lil Peep died in his sleep just hours before he was due to go on stage on November 15.
— GOTH ANGEL SINNER (@Lilpeep) October 31, 2017
The 21-year-old’s cause of death was deemed a drug overdose but official toxicology results typically take between six and eight weeks to be returned.
The rapper’s brother Oskar, explained to People the family were told ‘laced pills’ may have contributed to Peeps’s death.
We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking. He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realise what it was.
It makes me laugh to think about the days we watched WWE together but [Peep] mentioned how being a hip-hop artist is like being a pro-wrestling character. You have to be an actor. He gets paid to be sad. It’s what he made his name on. It’s what his image was in a sense.
He was so proud when he heard that there were people in the world who wanted to kill themselves, and then they didn’t because they listened to his music. He was helping people, he was not somebody who needed help.
He was not as sad as people think he was. It’s frustrating as someone who remembers a happy brother.
Oskar said Peep ‘had a much healthier relationship with drugs’ before his career started taking off.
[Early on] he didn’t drink alcohol, for example. I can guarantee [drugs are] not something that would’ve been a part of his life if he was not a part of that specific culture. Not only was he a part of it, he’ll be remembered for making waves in it.
In a video posted online hours before his death – which has now been removed from Instagram – the musician said he’d taken prescription drugs and other substances, saying:
I’m good, I’m not sick.
Although the lyrics of his songs regularly made reference to cocaine, ecstasy and Xanax addictions, the rapper had previously claimed on social media that he was a ‘productive junkie’ and didn’t take any drugs.
Peep, 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.
He 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
Musician Marshmello also paid tribute to the ‘nicest person’, writing:
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.
We will update on further developments of Peep’s untimely passing.
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