Just days after Lil Peep died from a suspected overdose, his older brother Karl Åhr, who goes by Oskar, spoke out about the tragic loss and the misconceptions about the rapper’s life.
“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 told People magazine. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”
Oskar said that, contrary to popular belief, Lil Peep was in a good mental space prior to his death. He claimed Lil Peep’s emo, drug-addicted persona was simply an act to sell music, and that people never saw his brother (real name Gustav Åhr) as the happy person he truly was.
“He was super happy with where he was in life,” Oskar said. “It makes me laugh to think about the days we watched WWE together but [Peep] mentioned how being a hip-hop artist is like being a pro-wrestling character. You have to be an actor. He gets paid to be sad. It’s what he made his name on. It’s what his image was in a sense.”
The 23-year-old went on to admit Lil Peep had history of drug use; however, he claimed his brother had a “healthier relationship with drugs” before his career took off. Oskar said the music industry increased his use of substances.
“[Early on] he didn’t drink alcohol, for example,” Oskar explained. “I can guarantee [drugs are] not something that would’ve been a part of his life if he was not a part of that specific culture. Not only was he a part of it, he’ll be remembered for making waves in it.”
Lil Peep was found dead Wednesday on his tour bus in Tuscon, Arizona. Pima County medical examiner's office said he died from an apparent drug overdose; however, it will not be confirmed until toxicology results come back.