Here are the famous rappers that have passed of drug overdoses. This list of dead rappers features hip hop legends who passed years ago, like Pimp C and Wu Tang's ODB, as well as rappers that just died recently. Among the most recent rapper deaths by OD are Mac Miller, who passed away in 2018, Juice WRLD, who overdosed in 2019, and Lexii Alijai, who died in 2020.
Tragically, many of these late hip hop artists died very young; all three of the aformentioned recently-deceased rappers died under the age of 30. Following Mac Miller's death, his family set up the Mac Miller Circles Fund to offer support to assist musicians aged 27 and under with addiction recover. If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so here .
Mac Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, died on September 7, 2018 as a result of "mixed drug toxicity" from alcohol, cocaine, and fentanyl. The 26-year-old Pittsburgh native had just released his fifth studio album, Swimming, a month prior to his death.
Of the five LPs Miller released during his lifetime, four were certified gold; his family released a sixth and final album, Circles, posthumously in January 2020. Additionally, Miller released two EPs, two live albums, 41 singles, and 13 mixtape EPs - perhaps most notably, his 2010 breakthrough project K.I.D.S.
Age: 26 (1992-2018)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Place of death: Los Angeles, CA
Rapper Juice WRLD, popular for his chart-topping hit "Lucid Dreams," died on December 8, 2019. The 21-year-old artist, whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, reportedly suffered a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport before being taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Juice WRLD rose to streaming stardom after finding success on SoundCloud. He was signed and debuted his album Goodbye & Good Riddance in May 2018, which went platinum. In the days prior to his passing he was active on social media, telling his fans he'd be celebrating his birthday on December 2.
Age: 21 (1998-2019)
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Place of death: Oak Lawn, IL
Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, may not have looked like a hip hop pioneer, but his emo revival style that combined elements rap and rock would be a turning point for the genre, leading to a rise of emo rap artists who first made their names on SoundCloud.
Åhr struggled with substance abuse and issues with his mental health, and on November 15, 2016, he died from a "powerful" accidental overdose of fentanyl and Xanax, just two weeks after he turned 21.
Age: 21 (1996-2017)
Birthplace: Allentown, PA
Place of death: Tucson, AZ
On New Year's Day 2020, Lexii Alijai, an up-and-coming Minneapolis rapper/singer, died of an accidental drug overdose of a deadly mix of fentanyl and ethanol.
Alijai released her first mixtape, Super Sweet 16’s, on her 16th birthday, and the EP became a bubbling underground hit; so much so that she was invited to perform at the Soundset Music Festival, performing alongside such rap heavy hitters as Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, and Lizzo. In 2017, she released her debut LP titled Growing Pains.
Age: 21 (1998-2020)
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Place of death: Minneapolis, MN