Lil Peep, a promising crossover rapper who recently released his first full-length album, died Wednesday night, just hours before he was to perform in Tucson, Arizona, according to reports. He was 21.
“I’ve been expecting this call for a year,” his manager, Chase Ortega, tweeted early Wednesday.
Lil Peep gained popularity through Soundcloud posts and his YouTube channel, which attracted viewers by the millions. He made much of his music in an apartment on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, The New York Times reported.
The Long Beach, New York, native, who was born Gustav Åhr, often sang about depression and drug use. The Guardian, citing his U.K. rep, Adam Grandmaison, reported Lil Peep was rushed to a hospital following a suspected overdose. Ortega didn’t immediately answer HuffPost’s inquiry.
In a video the alt-rapper posted on Wednesday, Lil Peep said he took six Xanax anti-anxiety pills, but assured concertgoers he would see “y’all tonight.”
Lil Peep’s alternative hip-hop tracks contained emo and hard-rock influences, outlets noted. He once told the Times that his songwriting candor about his struggles connected him to fans. “They tell me that it saved their lives,” he said. “They say that I stopped them from committing suicide, which is a beautiful thing.”
His debut full-length album “Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1” came out a few months ago. A PitchFork review described it it as “a 24-minute bender informally dedicated to destroying relationships and idling around in what he sees as this vain and absurd existence.”
Here’s a track from the album:
His passing drew swift reaction.
peep had so much more to do man he was constantly inspiring me. I dont feel good man— diplo (@diplo) November 16, 2017
Peep you deserved more out of life. Life didn't do your greatness justice— bella thorne (@bellathorne) November 16, 2017
Seeing the news of Lil Peep is so desperately sad— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) November 16, 2017
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. i love you bud. forever pic.twitter.com/tpbxpkf4f4— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) November 16, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.