The line that divided Gustav Elijah Åhr and his rap alter ego, Lil Peep, was a wonderful one. His mom, Liza Womack, instructed Rolling Stone that rising up, her son didn’t struggle with drugs or substance abuses that he usually rapped about in his songs. Peep was, nonetheless, reportedly having problem balancing fame with despair and anxiousness, so he turned to medication as a coping mechanism. In November 2017, Peep was discovered by his supervisor useless on his tour bus simply previous to a present in Tucson, Arizona. The 21-year-old’s dying was dominated an overdose. His post-mortem revealed fentanyl, Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, and varied opiates had been present in his system.
After listening to the lyrics of the rapper’s songs, Sarah Stennett, the CEO of First Access, Lil Peep’s label, recalled a time that she requested him concerning the extent of his drug use. “I mentioned, ‘Look, I’m not right here to chastise you for taking medication — that’s not my job. What I can let you know is it’s very arduous to succeed in your potential in case you’re a drug consumer.’” When Peep lived within the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, recognized for its creative, eclectic characters, his house turned the hub for all trying to find a spot to remain. According to a good friend, medication had been a staple. “He felt responsible about being the one to rise to the highest actually fast, and consequently was overly welcoming,” Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, who usually visited Peep’s Echo Park house, mentioned. “Somebody screwed a vendor over, and a man got here in and put a gun to Gus’ head.” Peep’s mom referred to as it a “s**tshow.”
Peep’s supervisor, Chase Ortega, recounted moments on tour the place the rapper may barely get himself collectively for a efficiency. “I referred to as Sarah and mentioned, ‘Maybe I’ll simply name the hearth division. We could make a play that it’s a capability factor so we’re defending Peep’s repute and never saying, ‘He’s overdosing.'” Stennett mentioned she approached Peep about canceling the present however he assured her that he would be capable to pull it off.
Rolling Stone exhibits a younger star on a dramatic rise surrounded by individuals who cared for him and each enabled him. Stennett denies ever supplying Peep with medication, however there are textual content messages between Ortega and Peep the place the supervisor tells him that Stennett has Xanax capsules for him. Mackned, the opening act for Peep’s closing tour, instructed the publication that Belinda Mercer, that tour’s supervisor, frequently provided them with medication. “Belinda, she’s sort of a pimp,” he mentioned. “She saved us in step with medication. We had been like her ho’s. We had been f**king ketamine ho’s.”
An unnamed supply on the tour mentioned, “The drug that gave the impression to be in style with Gus, with Belinda, was ketamine. When I’d see Gus on ketamine it was alarming as a result of it actually wiped him out, made him nonfunctioning. And I’d recognized it was Belinda who bought it for him a minimum of as soon as.” Mercer issued a press release by way of her lawyer denying the allegations, nonetheless, she notes that the accusations are coming from individuals who had been “frequent drug customers whose accounts could also be unreliable.”
Peep’s mom remains to be attempting to piece collectively how her son may have died so tragically at such a younger age. “I simply need to know what occurred,” she mentioned.