There is still no official word on the cause of death of rapper Lil Peep. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that fentanyl-laced drugs may have played a role in the 21-year-old's death in Tucson, Arizona.
Law enforcement sources tell the site that local authorities have received numerous tips that Peep (real name: Gustav Ahr) was taking drugs that were laced with the opioid. It's unclear whether the fentanyl was intentionally ingested or an accidentally taken.
On Nov. 15, Lil Peep was found unconscious on his tour bus. Drugs and paraphenelia were reportedly found near his body. It is not known whether his accidentally overdosed or committed suicide. Prior to his death, he posted several messages on social media that some feel implied that he wanted to end his life. In one post, he wrote the caption, “When I die You’ll love me.”
A newcomer to hip-hop, Lil Peep had established a substantial social media and online presence. He released his breakthrough project, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1, over the summer. His music often touched upon themes of life and death as well as drug abuse.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid drug used as a painkiller. As The Atlantic reports, the drug is so potent that a lethal dose can be just 3 milligrams, or a sprinkle. The man-made narcotic is reportedly 50 times stronger than heroin, per The Washington Post, and involved in thousands of overdoses. “If anything can be likened to a weapon of mass destruction in what it can do to a community, it’s fentanyl,” said Michael Ferguson, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England division to The Washington Post. “It’s manufactured death.”
The same drug was reportedly involved in the death of legendary singer Prince.