Young Rap Artist ‘Hella Sketchy’ Overdoses at 18

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Addiction knows no race, color, creed, religion, or status. It’s a condition that can literally affect anyone and the increased amount of celebrity deaths over the last few years is proof of that. Addicts in the United States have been dying at an alarming rate for nearly 2 decades as a result of opioid overdose, but it wasn’t until A-List celebrities started falling victim to the same circumstances that it began to be believed that addiction can destroy just about anyone.

In the last few years, Tom Petty, Prince, Mac Miller, and Lil’ Peep all succumbed to their respective addictions. Most of these deaths had opioids/fentanyl in common as one of the key ingredients in their overdoses. As the years roll on and the addiction crisis really digs its heels into the mud, more and more celebrities are dying.

The most recent celebrity death was that of a young, up-and-coming rap artist known as Hella Sketchy. He died of an apparent overdose last Thursday at the age of 18 according to APG/Atlantic Records. Hella Sketchy, otherwise known as Jacob Tyler Thureson, was found unresponsive and was rushed to an ER where he remained in a coma for 2 weeks. The rapper had a decent following, with 88,000 Instagram followers and 22,000 SoundCloud subscribers.

This is a very tragic story of a bright life cut too short.

Sketchy’s father, Erik Thureson, said,You are not supposed to go before your father or grandfather. That’s not how this works. We have no words. We are so sad to share that Jacob Tyler Thureson passed away on June 27, 2019 at 5:11 am.

“We love you Jacob. More than words can express. We honor your short life of 18 years but we promise, your legacy will live on forever.”

His father continued: “We love you Jacob. More than words can express. We honor your short life of 18 years but we promise, your legacy will live on forever.

To get the call that a son or daughter fell victim to their addictions and has overdosed and died is every family’s worst nightmare. No family should have to get that call, but unfortunately, many families do. With the drug problem growing larger by the day and new drugs constantly on the horizon, it’s a terrifying world out there. Every family needs to stay two steps ahead of their kids and get educated on drugs and addiction and know what’s going on.

Addiction really does not respect any boundaries. No one can afford to think, that would never happen in my family.

Drugs today are a far cry from what they were years and years ago. They are ultra-strong and ultra-potent and some of them are so new they can’t even be tested for. Parents need to educate themselves on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and addiction. Once a problem is realized, it needs to be handled immediately.



Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 11 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.