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Lil Peeps Tragic Death Has Become a Common American Tragedy

Lil Peep was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was then raised in Long Island New York. He began promoting his music on SoundCloud in 2014. His nickname Lil Peep was because his mother had called him "Peep" since he was a kid. He soon gained fame on SoundCloud after releasing various albums, including Hellboy 2016, and for his tracks featuring ith Lil Tracy. His album Come Over When You're Sober, reached 38 on the billboard 200.

In the fall of 2018, Lil Peep "Falling Down", featuring the XXXTentacion (RIP), which Reached number 13 on the billboard charts. His second professional album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2 (2018),came out the number four spot on the Billboard 200, making it his first US top 10 album. The album Everybody's Everything was released on the 2nd anniversary of his death on November 15 2019.

Lil Peep had substance use disorder and cooccuring mental health conditions, including severe depression and bipolar disorder. He overdosed in Tucson, Arizona on November 15, 2017, just weeks after his 21st birthday. The Medical Examiner of Pima County  reported the cause of death as an overdose combination of both fentanyl and Xanax.

When Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus when his tour manager in preparation for that night's performance was checking up on him. A post was captioned "When I die, you'll love me." In the days after his death, police reported that  revealed that Lil Peep had taken a nap around 5:45 p.m. before the Tuscan Arizona Tour show. His manager was routinely checking on him and found him sleeping and breathing fine, but was unable to wake him. The tour manager then checked on Lil Peep a third time, he was unresponsive and not breathing while overdosing. Lil Peep's tour manager was performing CPR before medics arrived, and  although he was pronounced dead at the scene. His death was broadcasted on Instagram by his friend Bexey Swan, who thought he was ok. On December 8, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner reported details from a toxicology, certifying the cause of death was an accidental overdose due to the effects of the fentanyl and the benzodiazepine alprazolam.

More and more American teenagers can relate with Lil Peeps struggles with depression and bipolar. Part of this is because the stigma surrounding both substance use disorder and mental health are being torn down. Another part is because more and more celebrities are open about their own personal struggles and their recoveries. While sometimes our personal struggles are very personal and private to us also sometimes when we are open about what we struggle with we are more likely to realize that we are not alone. Lil Peep we definitely enjoyed your music, thank you for being a part of the ”You’re Not Alone Culture” that’s Freeing Up the stigmatized walls that society put on us, that we have to be perfect.


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