The emerging rapper Lil Peep who recently came out as bisexual has died aged 21, according to his management.
Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, who partnered with Peep in early 2016 told Gay Star News:
‘I am shocked and heartbroken. I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends.
Describing Peep as ‘highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle and charming,’ Stennet goes on to say the rapper had ‘a huge ambition and his career was flourishing.’
Stennet also says she has spoken to Peep’s mother who has incredible gratitude for Peep’s fans.
‘I have spoken to his mother and she asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life. She is truly grateful to the fans and the people who have supported and loved him.’
The Guardian reports his music manager Adam Grandmaison says he was taken to hospital following an overdose.
His manager, Chase Ortega, reacted to the news on Twitter:
Real name Gustav Åhr, in both interviews and his music, he shares struggles with mental health and anxiety.
In an interview as recent as Monday, he spoke to Beats One presenter Zane Lowe about anxiety and suicide.
While talking about depression on air he says to Lowe: ‘Yeah, definitely man. If anything things are getting worse.’
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) November 13, 2017
Fans and celebrities are taking to social media to share messages about the news, including Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.
Along with a picture, in a chain on Twitter Wentz shares, ‘when I talked to him on ig I felt so connected. Tough to process.’
Lil Peep forever❤️ pic.twitter.com/Yng5ABM0UL
— pw (@petewentz) November 16, 2017
Fans and other musicians are flooding social media to reflect on the news:
— marshmello (@marshmello) November 16, 2017
— Chris Webby (@ChrisWebby) November 16, 2017
Lil Peep had only recently come out
The rapper came out in the most simple way announcing he was bisexual on Twitter in August.
yes I'm bi sexual
— GOTH ANGEL SINNER (@Lilpeep) August 8, 2017
Lil Peep was becoming one of the newest faces in emo-rap. The tatted star from Long Beach has been amassing millions of views on Soundcloud and YouTube.
His albumCome Over When You’re Sober (Part One) was released in August to much acclaim.
The rapper had been due to perform a gig in California on November 16.