Rapper Lil Peep Dies at 21—and His Ex Bella Thorne Is Speechless

Actress reacts to young star's untimely passing

By Samantha Schnurr Nov 16, 2017 1:25 PMTags

The music industry has lost a rising star. 

21-year-old rapper Lil Peep has died. Named Gustav Åhr at birth, Peep was set to perform Wednesday night at a nightclub in Tucson when his manager found him unresponsive in his tour bus, Sergeant Pete Dugan confirmed to E! News.

The rapper was given medical attention, but could not be revived. Drug paraphernalia was found on the bus and detectives found evidence of a drug overdose, but no sign of foul play, per Dugan. An investigation is currently in progress. 



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In a statement to E! News, Sarah Stennett, the chief executive of First Access Entertainment, a company that partnered with Peep in 2016, said, "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.  He was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle and charming. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing."

As she continued, "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."

After sharing a few concerning videos and photos on social media on Wednesday—in one, he spoke about taking six Xanax—the rapper's final Instagram post was a tribute to his fans. 

In August, Lil Peep released his first and only studio album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1. His untimely death has drawn emotional reactions from his admirers, among them Pete Wentz and Post Malone

"In the short time that i knew you, you were a great friend to me and a great person. your music changed the world and it'll never be the same," Malone wrote in tribute on Twitter. "i love you bud. forever."

Meanwhile, Bella Thorne, whom he was spotted kissing in September, was at a loss for words over Lil Peep's passing. 

"F--k I don't know what to say," she tweeted early Thursday. "Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn't do your greatness justice."

 In an Instagram video, Thorne elaborated, "Anybody out there who is a Lil Peep fan, you guys know how talented he was. You guys know how great he was. Well, he was even more f--king great as a person."