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Lil Peep, Rising Rap Star, Dies at 21

Singer born Gustav Ahr was taken to a hospital after a suspected overdose, the Guardian reports

Last Updated: November 16, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

Lil Peep, a rising rap star who released his first full album in August after a series of acclaimed mix tapes, has died at age 21.

The singer, who grew up in Long Beach, New York, under the name Gustav Ahr, died of a suspected overdose, music manager Adam Grandmaison told the Guardian.

Lil Peep got his start on YouTube and a with a series of mixtapes that owed as much to emo and hard rock as they did to traditional hip-hop. He released his first full album “Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1,” in August.

On Wednesday, Lil Peep posted a video on his Instagram page saying that he “was lit” after taking six pills of the prescription drug Xanax, adding: “I’m good, I’m not sick.”

His manager, Chase Ortega, expressed his sadness at the news in blunt fashion: “I’ve been expecting this call for a year.”

Tributes to the rising star quickly poured in on Twitter.

“Peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me,” the electronica artist Diplo wrote. “I don’t feel good man.”