What We Know About Juice Wrld’s Death So Far

The music world is mourning following the
death of rapper Juice WRLD. On December 8, 2019, the news broke that the
rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, had passed away after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s
Midway Airport. Hours later, the last known footage of the
hip-hop star emerged on social media. The source? YouTuber DJ Akademiks. The internet personality took to Twitter to
share two videos captured by people who were with the rapper on his private plane headed
to Chicago, providing insight into Juice’s final moments. Ak wrote, “This was Juice Wrld as he got on the plane
that took him to Chicago last night. He was in high spirits and looked happy.” In the video, Juice can be seen playfully
throwing water on one of the guys on the plane. The second video seemingly shows Juice and
his crew arriving at Midway. From the clip, nothing appeared to be amiss
when the plane touched down. In his final captured moments, Juice seemed
to be content hanging out with his buddies. According to TMZ, the 21-year-old suffered
the seizure shortly after he deplaned. Law enforcement sources told the media outlet
that Juice was, quote, “bleeding from the mouth when paramedics got on scene.” The Chicago-born rapper was taken to Advocate
Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he was later pronounced dead. At the time of Juice’s death, Chicago police
spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CNN that everyone who had been traveling with the rapper
was cooperating with the investigation, and that there were no signs of foul play. So what exactly did the rapper’s travel companions
reveal? In Juice WRLD’s final hours, in addition to
being surrounded by friends, he was also allegedly surrounded by pills and quite a bit of marijuana. TMZ reports that federal authorities found
70 pounds of marijuana hidden away in several suitcases aboard the private plane. The outlet, citing law enforcement sources,
also reported that members of the rapper’s team had revealed Juice had taken multiple
pills of an unknown variety ahead of his seizure and death. In addition to the information about the pills,
one of Juice’s travel companions told authorities that the rapper had a, quote, “Percocet problem.” Additionally, the outlet claims that a bottle
of codeine cough syrup was found on the plane following a search by law enforcement. Juice’s longtime battle with drugs wasn’t
a private one. On July 8, 2019, just five months before he
died, the rapper took to Twitter to publicly apologize to his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, for
abusing the painkiller, codeine. He wrote in part, “Bae I’m sorry I be tweaking, you’ve put up
with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, f**k Codeine I’m done. […] Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome.” The exact cause of the rapper’s death was
not immediately known, so it’s unclear if the pills or codeine played a part in the
rapper’s demise. Juice WRLD turned 21 just days before his
untimely death. Chillingly, in 2018, the rapper had released
a track called “Legends” where he rapped, “What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21.” He told Z100 that the song was inspired by
the deaths of Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, who passed away in 2017 and 2018, respectively
two other young rappers who also left the world way too soon. Reportedly, Juice WRLD was actually set to
attend a birthday party for himself in his hometown of the Windy City on the day he died. On December 2, his actual birthday, Juice
posted on Instagram that he would be “celebrating all week” and he had quite a bit to celebrate. In May 2019, the rapper took home the Top
New Artist award at the Billboard Awards quite an impressive feat for the then-20-year-old. While accepting the award, a nearly speechless
Juice thanked his fans for all the support, remarking, “Wow, it’s crazy all the stuff that can happen
in a year… It’s ridiculous.” The rapper ended the speech by saying, quote,
“I’m glad to be here, it’s a blessing.” In light of the rapper’s death, several artists
have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late hip-hop star. Drake wrote, “I would like to see all the younger talent
live longer and I hate waking up hearing another story filled with blessings was cut short.” Fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper captioned
a picture of the 21-year-old, “He knows our hearts. I really wish we had more talks like that
one night in LA. Dude. This is ridiculous. Millions of people, not just in Chicago but
around the world are hurting because of this and don’t know what to make of it. Im sorry. Love you and God bless your soul.” Although Juice WRLD is gone, the music that
he left behind will live on forever. If you or someone you know is struggling with
addiction, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 24/7 National
Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. That’s 1-800-662-4357.

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