NME Festival blog: Watch a live stream of the Lil Peep memorial held in New York

Memorial services were held for Lil Peep in London and Long Beach, New York yesterday (Dec 2).

The emo rapper – real name Gustav Åhr – died earlier this month (November 15) from a suspected drug overdose.

Lil Peep’s face was projected onto the House Of Commons at midnight on Saturday night in London while family members and friends of the rapper paid tribute to him at a service in Long Beach.

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Lil Peep’s face projected onto the House of Commons last night (Dec 2)

“He lived his own life on his own terms. He was a stubborn, driven, talented, crafty, observant, and tender young man. Gus was also vulnerable,” Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack said during the service.

Lil Peep’s grandmother, Jenny Kastner, added: “He wasn’t the modern-day Kurt Cobain, by the way. He is the first and only Lil Peep, and arguably left behind a legacy that will have a far greater impact. His kindness will live on through lots of people.”

Good Charlotte’s tribute cover of Awful Things was also screened at the memorial.

You can see pictures from the Long Beach event below.


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Fans gather to pay tribute to the late emo rapper

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The Lil Peep memorial service at Long Beach, New York

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Lil Peep’s mother Liza Womack speaks at the service

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Lil Peep’s grandmother Jenny Kastner said he was ‘the first and only Lil Peep’

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Fans pay tribute to the rapper with messages in the sand

You can also watch a full stream of the New York memorial below.

Last week, it was revealed that police investigating the passing of rapper Lil Peep are reportedly considering the case to be a “suspicious death”.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Sergeant Pete Dugan from the Tucson Police Department stressed that detectives were still waiting on the outcome of a toxicology report before officially confirming Peep’s cause of death.

“It appeared to have been an overdose from evidence found near his body – most likely from Xanax or a combination of different drugs,” Dugan said. “But we’re not medical examiners. We have to wait for a toxicology report. Until we get that, we don’t know the cause of death.”


Dugan then confirmed that detectives were currently considering it a “suspicious death”, given Åhr’s age and the narcotics that were discovered surrounding his body at the time of death. “[It] appeared to be from an overdose based on the evidence found and no signs of trauma or foul play to his body.”

The Sergeant also said that detectives are currently “looking into the allegations that somebody was linked to his death” – although, he added, “it will really boil down to what was in his system.”


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