Rapper Lil Peep Died Of Fentanyl, Xanax Overdose

By Kelly Burch 12/13/17

According to a toxicology report, the 21-year-old rapper had weed, coke, and multiple opioids in his system at the time of his death.

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Aspiring rapper and YouTube star Lil Peep, who died on November 15 at the age of 21, overdosed on fentanyl and Xanax, according to a newly-released toxicology report. 

TMZ reports that the rapper also had marijuana, cocaine and the painkiller Tramadol in his blood, while his urine tested positive for opioids including hydrocodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone and oxymorphone.

The Pima County (Arizona) Medical Examiner ruled that Lil Peep’s death was accidental, which is in line with what his brother, who goes by the name Oskar, told People just after the rapper’s death. “It was an accident, it really was an accident,” Oskar said at the time. “He was super happy with where he was in life.”

Oskar speculated that his brother may have taken a pill that was laced with an unknown drug. “We have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking,” he said. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”

Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus on the evening of November 15, outside a Tucson, Arizona club where he was set to perform. Earlier that day he had posted a picture showing prescription drugs on his tongue with the caption “fucc it,” according to TMZ.  The previous night he had posted a video to Instagram saying that he had taken six Xanax “and now it’s lit.” He went on to say, “I’m good, I’m not sick. I’mma see you all tonight.” 

The rapper was surrounded by drug paraphernalia when his body was found, and police immediately suspected a Xanax overdose, according to People

“Based on information [police] were told and evidence that was found in the tour bus, they had evidence of a possible drug overdose, most likely from Xanax,” Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tucson Police Dept. said at the time. “Based on evidence, there was drug paraphernalia found inside the bus and some narcotics.”

Lil Peep had been open about his mental health issues in the past. “I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘F—, I wish I didn’t wake up,'” he told Pitchfork in January. “I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that s— out.”

Chase Ortega, the rapper’s manager, tweeted that he was sadly not shocked by the news. “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck,” he tweeted, according to Billboard

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