Lil Peep's Mother Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Late Rapper's Former Label
Lil Peep's mother, Liza Womack, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit that she filed against her son's former label, First Access Entertainment, following the rapper's overdose in 2017. Although the terms of the settlement remain undisclosed, Lil Peep's music will now be under the care of his mother and brother, according to an Instagram post on the late rapper's account. In the post, Lil Peep's family said they were grateful to those who stood by them and reflected on the struggles of the past five-plus years. The update comes after Womack's attorney, Paul Matiasic, informed the judge overseeing the case that reaching a settlement agreement was "taking a little bit longer than we all anticipated."
Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Elijah Ahr, died in 2017 after ingesting a cocktail of fentanyl and Xanax on a tour bus in Arizona. In the lawsuit, Womack accused First Access Entertainment tour manager Belinda Mercer of providing and supplying Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, Percocet, and ketamine to "those traveling on the tour bus." The judge had ruled that Womack presented "viable" claims, including that no one on the bus was trained to recognize the signs of an overdose, and the bus was not equipped with any "life-saving apparatuses" used for drug overdoses.
The settlement now allows Womack to shift her focus to shepherding Lil Peep's legacy and continuing to release his music for his fans. The late rapper's tragic overdose serves as a reminder of the dangers of drug abuse and highlights the importance of ensuring that individuals are adequately trained to recognize and respond to signs of an overdose. The settlement also underscores the importance of holding individuals and organizations accountable for their actions and decisions in the face of drug abuse.