Rapper Lil Peep dies at 21, drug overdose suspected
December 1, 2017 0 Comments
Gustav Åhr, popular by stage name Lil Peep, died recently of a suspected drug overdose. The 21-year-old singer was found dead inside his tour bus in Tucson, Arizona hours before his show on November 15, 2017.
The detectives investigating his death stated that he could have died due to an overdose of Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication. However, the real cause of death remains unknown as overdose deaths attributed to Xanax are rare.
“It appeared to have been an overdose from evidence found near his body – most likely from Xanax or a combination of different drugs,” Arizona Police Department’s Sergeant Pete Dugan told Rolling Stone. He said the toxicology report was awaited to know the exact cause of death.
According to reports, the Tucson police are also investigating the probable overdose due to fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can prove fatal even in a small dose. Karl Åhr, Peep’s brother, has signaled that the drug that Peep ingested could have been laced with something fatal, of which the rapper was not aware.
“We [the family] have heard that 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 else and he didn’t realize what it was,” Karl said. He added that Peep was “super happy,” so it was unlikely that he would overdose intentionally.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Peep was revered as one of the most promising rappers of the SoundCloud generation. He had a flair for amalgamating emo, hip-hop, and pop punk.
Peep’s lyrics and music openly described his love for the pills and his depression. In addition, his brother and he shared a troubled equation with their father. Nonetheless, as per Karl, Peep’s depression, which reflected through his lyrics and Instagram account, had seeds in his line of work. Before his take-off in the music world, Peep shared a healthy equation with drugs though he expressed that there should be more regulations on drugs like Xanax which have a potential to be abused and cause death.
Pharmaceutical drug fentanyl is an opioid painkiller, which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed for the alleviation of excruciating pain in some cancers and other chronic illnesses. However, it is also manufactured illegally and sold through illegitimate markets for its heroin-like effects and high potency. It is also known to be mixed with drugs like cocaine and heroin to increase the ecstatic effects, often without a user’s knowledge.
Lately, fentanyl is also being mixed with Xanax, but the fake pills are indistinguishable from the original pills because of their resemblance. Fentanyl when mixed with a benzodiazepine like Xanax can cause overdose which may prove fatal.
Need to do away with drugs
Celebrities like Lil Peep make an indelible impression on the minds of youth. However, the road to attaining star status is full of challenges and insurmountable pressures, which often throw these trendsetters into the vicious world of mental illnesses, which they may try to resolve with substance abuse. One should understand that there is nothing wrong in admitting to having a mental disorder like depression and seeking treatment for it because if left untreated, mental illnesses can cause debilitating consequences.
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