News of Lil Peep’s death shocked fans and ignited a conversation on addiction and mental health, but his older brother Karl Åhr, who goes by Oskar, wants to set the record straight that there was more to the rapper than his drug use and the persona he portrayed to the public.
Peep (real name Gustav Åhr), who was a rising star in the hip-hop and emo scene, died on Wednesday at the age of 21 ahead of a scheduled show in Tucson, Arizona due to a likely overdose on Xanax, according to Tucson Police. Oskar says that the pill Peep took may have been laced and caused his death accidentally.
“We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking,” Oskar, 23, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”
As to the possibility of it being an intentional overdose, Oskar says Peep “was not struggling” at the time and that finding out about his death was a complete shock.
“It was an accident, it really was an accident,” Oskar says. “He was super happy with where he was in life.”
SOURCE: Brianne Tracy