Lil Peep’s brother says the 21-year-old rapper’s death was an accident.
Karl Åhr, who goes by Oskar, says there are misconceptions about his brother’s life and that a suspected drug overdose doesn’t tell the full story.
“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.”
According to Oskar, Peep was in a good place mentally before he passed away and his persona of being a drug-addicted emo kid was simply an act to sell his music. He’s also sad that people didn’t get to see him as the happy person he was in real life.
“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.”
Oskar did admit that his younger brother has a history of drug use, however he claimed Peep had a “healthier relationship with drugs” before he was thrust into the limelight.
Lil Peep, born Gustav Åhr, passed away on Wednesday (November 15). The Pima County, Arizona medical examiner’s office said he died from an apparent drug overdose, however those reports cannot be confirmed until an official toxicology report comes back with those findings.