Almost two weeks ago, 21-year-old rapper Gustav Åhr—known by his stage name, Lil Peep—died.
Just hours before, the rapper posted a video on Instagram in which he stated he had taken six Xanax. (The video has since been deleted.) Lil Peep often rapped about mental illness and drug use in his music, and was open about using substances to cope with depression.
Since six Xanax is a relatively high dosage and that amount is usually only seen in people abusing the drug (though not to the point of being deadly), there is a decent amount of proof to show there was foul play involved from a dealer who laced the pills with the prescription opiate fentanyl.
“We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking,” Lil Peep’s older brother Karl Åhr said. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”
More fan-sourced evidence has identified a certain woman who had sold Peep the “Xanax” that he took.
According to Lil Peep’s brother, the rapper’s relationship with drugs started after he got into the world of rap and hip-hop. “I can guarantee [drugs are] not something that would’ve been a part of his life if he was not a part of that specific culture,” he told People.
Lil Uzi Vert actually backed up Karl’s statement about drug use in the scene in a shocking tweet that almost glorifies illicit prescription drug use. See below.
We Would love 2 stop …..
But Do You Really Care Cause We Been On Xanax All Fucking Year ..🕊🕊🕊🕊.
Rip Buddy I 100% Understand and I Don't Fault U 💔 ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;® pic.twitter.com/AYBvQCDcJy
— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) November 16, 2017
In the end, if you need help for depression or another mental illness, consult professional help. As we’ve seen all too often lately, people think they’re fine self-medicating, end up taking something they bought from some fan and end up dying. It’s not a good look for anyone.