Gustav Ahr, also known as Lil Peep, was found dead on his tour bus before a concert in Tucson, Arizona.
The rapper Lil Peep became a social media sensation thanks to a string of emotional songs that often referenced drug use, depression, and suicide, these subjects also often appeared in a series of dark instagram posts to his millions of followers.
On November 15th, Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus by a road manager. He was reportedly "surrounded by drug paraphernalia, Xanax, marijuana, and an unknown tan powder." Just hours before his death, the rapper, shared an image of himself on stage with a caption reading: "when I die you"ll love me" while also posting a picture in which he seemed to have placed two pills on his tongue. Peep was initially thought to have died of a Xanax overdose until more information was brought up by fans. His body was sent to the Pima County medical examiner's office and an autopsy was completed. A statement from the medical examiner has since said that it is suspected he died of a drug overdose, however it will be weeks before it's confirmed by a toxicology report.
Quotes from family.
Two days after his death, Peep's older brother Karl told people that his brother's death was an accident, and that despite his posts and several song lyrics about depression Lil Peep was "super happy with where he was in life." According to Karl, Peeps relationship with drugs started after he was introduced into the world of rap and hip-hop. His mom, the one who gave him the nickname Peep, also shared that she is shocked and heartbroken, she did not believe Peep wanted to die. "This is so tragic," she said "He had big dreams for the future, which he shared with me, his crew, his family, and his friends." She continues by saying "he was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle, and charming." Peeps mother would like all his fans to know she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life and she is truly grateful to all the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.
EFFECT ON THE WORLD
Though you may not feel like this death should have a huge impact on the world, this death could have a huge impact on your life, even if you aren't a fan of Lil Peep. This death can give you an idea of how drugs can effect you and the people who care about you.
The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as morphine, heroin, and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies. It has been estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that between 26.4 and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use and disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. The number of perceived unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has soared in the United States, more than quadrupling since 1999. The National Institute of Drug Abuse claims several factors are likely to have contributed to the severity of the current prescription drug abuse problem. They include drastic increases in the number of prescriptions written and dispensed, and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies, They say “these factors together have helped create the broad ‘environmental availability' of prescription medications in general and opioids in particular.”
Xanax, has a very low risk of overdose when taken on its own. However, when combined with opiates the drug is much more dangerous. Meanwhile, fentanyl, a cheap, synthetic opioid, that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, has rapidly become a deadly drug over the past few years. Dealers reportedly mix fentanyl with heroin and other drugs, often without informing their buyers.
Now the question is, was Lil Peeps death a murder?
"Fans are upset over the death of rapper Lil Peep and are expressing their emotions through social media. Authorities are still looking to confirm his cause of death, with a toxicology report that could take up eight weeks to show results. Some fans are pointing fingers at a girl names Mariah Bons, holding her responsible for providing him with the Xanax that was possibly laced with fentanyl. Police are reportedly looking into whether or not the opioid fentanyl contributed in some way to the death of Peep.”
After reading quotes from his family I do believe Peeps death was murder. As stated earlier, peeps brother also believes the death was not suicide. Peeps mom states in several interviews that he “had big plans for the future” which he shared with his friends and family.
Because of how happy he was with his life and his many plans for the future I do not believe that Lil Peep's death was a suicide. Though he may have taken many pills and other drugs, overdose on Xanax is very rare and the drugs he took were possibly laced.
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