Lil Peep’s memory was honored in Long Island Saturday, barely two weeks after the 21-year-old rapper’s death.
Friends, family and fans gathered in Long Beach to celebrate the singer, who died Nov. 15 of a suspected overdose.
The rapper, whose real name was Gustav Åhr, was found unresponsive on his tour bus after a preconcert nap in Tucson, Ariz.
At his beachside memorial, his mother, Liza Womack, said her son had been vulnerable, despite his success.
“He hurt terribly when his friends said he was no longer welcome in their homes. Once he had stopped performing well in school and had stopped playing sports. Long before that though, Gus understood that many good people suffered injustice because of what they looked like or how much money they had,” she said.
Stars gone too soon
“He saw how the cool kids who lived in the fancy neighborhoods looked down on his friends — and looked down on his own family who lived in an apartment and drove an old Nissan. Gus got fed up with that world. He rejected it and he rejected being molded into a box. (And) when he locked himself in the garage and got his first tattoo, he began to make his rejection of the box public.”
Lil Peep’s grandmother, Jenny Kastner, opened the service by talking about the fan letters she’d read since his death, including one who called him “completely unique, a gift from God that was handed to us for a short period of time to change the world for the better.”
Police are reportedly investigating whether the rapper ingested drugs laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid pain reliever, before his death.