YouTubers Pay Tribute to Rapper And YouTube Star Lil' Peep Who Has Died Aged 21

16 November 2017, 13:05

Lil' Peep
Lil' Peep. Picture: Other

By Josh Lee

The rapper had a strong following on YouTube.

YouTubers have taken to social media to mourn the death of emo rapper Lil' Peep, who died in hospital following a drug overdose this morning (16th November).

Lil' Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, was reportedly taken into hospital on 15th November following an overdose of prescription drug Xanax that had been laced with Fentanyl - a synthetic and more powerful kind of heroin.

Lil' Peep was a rising star

Lil' Peep first started uploading songs to YouTube just over a year ago, but had already become a known name within the YouTube music community. In the mainstream, he was tipped by critics and artists to be the future of emo.

YouTubers paid their respects to Lil' Peep on social media

Elijah Daniel tweeted, "Lil' Peep deserved a happy ending," and asked his followers to "talk to people about your problems" - a sentiment that was echoed by Tana Mongeau. PewDiePie tweeted, "RIP Peep," while NetNobody described Peep's death as "sad."

Lil' Peep had publicly battled addiction and mental illness prior to his death

In February this year he tweeted, "I am a depressed drug addict and I'm nearing my breaking point. Everything I love is disappearing." His music often addressed his depression and drug use. Hours before his death, he posted a picture to Instagram of him taking two pills.

Announcing his death, his manager Chase Ortega tweeted (his account is now locked),"I've been expecting this call for a year."