Lil Peep’s cause of death has been confirmed by a coroner, revealing the rapper overdosed on fentanyl and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.
Peep – real name Gustav Åhr – died on the 15 November, aged 21. The emerging emo and hip-hop star was found dead on his tour bus, a medical examiner initially saying the case was a drug overdose but saying a topology report would take six to eight weeks.
While the death was seen as “suspicious” by authorities, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner has certified the “manner of death” as “accidental.”
Before his death, Lil Peep was hailed for helping bring a resurgence of emo music; fusing it with soul-searching hip-hop and rap. He had recently released his second album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt I to surprising critical success. The lead single off the album, “Awful Things,” made it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time two weeks after his death.
The performer spoken openly about his struggles with mental health and drug addiction, but maintained that his overall message was positive.
"People get me," he told Paper magazine in his final interview. "People understand my message is positive and at the end of the day, I’m just here to make music that I enjoy and that other people enjoy. I think that’s why I have such a loyal fan base.
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