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Lil Peep Dead at 21

Sophia Bare, Reporter

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Last Wednesday (November 15th) a rapper, going by the name Lil Peep, died of a suspected overdose. Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, was just 21 when he died in Tucson, Arizona. Authorities believe he overdosed on a combination of Xanax (the medication he was taking for his anxiety), Percocet (Oxycontin and Acetaminophen) and miscellaneous alcoholic drinks, although the official cause of death is unknown. While the police will wait for the results from an autopsy before releasing an official statement, they state that, after examining the scene of his death, there is no evidence of foul play. However, Lil Peep’s supporters point the blame of his untimely death to a “fan” who provided Peep with “bad xans”, i.e. Xanax pills laced with Fentanyl (a powerful opioid/painkiller medication), which may have been the cause of his death. As of now, all such theories remain speculations and deductions, and the public will have to wait until a statement is released by the M.E. (medical examiner) about the cause of death.
What is clear, however, is the discussion of mental illness and drug addiction that his death has sparked. While thousands upon thousands of fans, friends (including, but not limited to, producers; Diplo and Marshmellow and fellow rappers Post Malone and iLoveMakonnen) and family are mourning his death, celebrating his life (and his achievements) and trying to move past this tragedy, there are people calling for the stopping of the recent romanticization of drugs/opioids and of mental illnesses (such as the anxiety and depression Peep suffered from). “I hope Lil Peep makes y’all realize that mental health issues aren’t trendy and popping pills isn’t supposed to be fun,” a fan writes. Even people who had never heard Lil Peep’s music and were not distraught like his fans had something to say. “I’ve never heard any of Lil Peep’s music but these dudes losing themselves to drugs is depressing I’ll be happy when the culture stops glorifying drug addictions,” writes another.
In the end, Lil Peep’s death, Gustav Åhr’s death, is a tragic one, one that could have been prevented. It shows the severity of issues like untreated mental illnesses, and of self-medication in the form of highly-addictive opioids, combined with alcohol and other drugs. The only people in the wrong here are the people who are blaming him, and other addicts, for his death. As a fan sums up perfectly, “Instead of shaming Peep and being disrespectful by commenting s— like “he deserved it,” or “That’s what happens to drug addicts,” instead try to understand that he was dealing with mental illness/issues.

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