UPDATE (11/16, 4:10 p.m. EST): According to the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, Lil Peep indeed died of a suspect overdose.
The news was first revealed on Instagram by Lil Peep's associate Mikey Cortez, who posted three photos of the rapper and wrote, "I'm completely heart broken and lost right now. I can't even feel it's not real. I love you and I'll miss you always."
Lil Peep's manager Chase Ortega also shared a statement on his Twitter (which is now private). According to Billboard, it reads, "I've been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck."
Further, Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, released the following statement:
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.
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.
Born Gustav Åhr in Pennsylvania and raised in Long Island, NY, the performer built a name for himself from his four mixtapes. His debut album, Come over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, was released in August of this year. A second part, along with another album called Goth Angel Sinner, are both reportedly in the works.
Countless collaborators, friends and record industry personnel have paid condolences to the rapper on social media. Read some of their tributes below, and stay tuned for more details as they become available.
💔💔I'm never gonna be ok. I'll always love u, we became best friends and made some of the best music I have ever been apart of. I'm gonna miss u forever "Little". Always in my heart and soul. Thank u for being my real friend.🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 pic.twitter.com/E1DhI2Fqlu— Master Magician (@iLoveMakonnen5D) November 16, 2017
I remember Lil peep telling me he is against the sexual abuse of women and people in the music industry... I will continue to push his vision thank you - Lil B— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) November 16, 2017
lil peep passing is such a tragedy. i remember hearing him for the first time and being so enthralled. love to all his family, friends and fans. we have lost something special. R.I.P.— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) November 16, 2017
RIP LIL PEEP 💔— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) November 16, 2017
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 16, 2017
sad to hear about lil peep. condolences to his family, friends and fans.— el-p (@therealelp) November 16, 2017
No. Not lil peep 💔— pw (@petewentz) November 16, 2017
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man— diplo (@diplo) November 16, 2017
rip lil peep 😞— father (@father) November 16, 2017
Peep was the nicest person. hanging out with him, talking to him about music, the song ideas we were going to do together and touring was so amazing. Everyone will miss you man @Lilpeep— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) November 16, 2017
RIP LIL PEEP— Lil pump (@lilpump) November 16, 2017
I still can't believe it's real but I'm sending my love to the family and friends of Lil Peep, no matter the circumstances it's a tragedy to lose someone so keep it positive, rest easy Peep 🕊🕊🕊 pic.twitter.com/opoIiUAgho— Zachary Fox (@zackfox) November 16, 2017
R.I.P Lil Peep Dawg— king of the youth (@lilyachty) November 16, 2017
media has a part in it. they only want that sensationionalism and watch how it happens now: lil peep is dead, clicks clicks clicks— WAVVES (@WAVVES) November 16, 2017