Medical Examiner Says Lil Peep Cause of Death Could Take 6-8 Weeks

The Pima County Medical Examiner's office said on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 16) that the autopsy results from a comprehensive postmortem exam on rapper Lil Peep could take a month or more to finalize. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Hess said in a statement that it is suspected that the 21 year-old musician (born Gustav Ahr) -- who died on his tour bus on Wednesday night less than an hour before he was to take the stage for a concert at a local club -- died of a drug overdose, but that it will be "six to eight weeks before toxicology tests results" will be available to determine a definitive cause of death. The results of the postmortem exam will be available when the toxicology test is complete.

"The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner contracts toxicology testing with an independent reference laboratory," Hess said. "Comprehensive toxicology testing may take several weeks to perform depending on the results of the testing and volume of the laboratory."

According to an Associated Press report, police in Tucson, Arizona -- where Peep was found dead on his tour bus around 9 p.m. local time ahead of a scheduled concert at The Rock nightclub -- said evidence pointed to an overdose of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. Ahr rose to prominence thanks to a catalog of emotional songs that frequently referenced drug use, depression and suicide, subjects the singer appeared to tackle in a series of dark Instagram posts to his 1.2 million followers in the days leading up to his death.

In one Instagram post, Peep claimed to have consumed six Xanax, with another showing him trying to drop an unidentified pill into his mouth several times before successfully swallowing one and shaking a prescription bottle that appears full of pills. Another post featured the chilling caption "When I die, you'll love me."


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