Multi-platinum rapper Juice WRLD died on Sunday after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
According to TMZ, Juice WRLD was on a private flight returning from Los Angeles and suffered the seizure shortly after landing in Chicago as he was walking through the airport. At some point between the plane landing and the feds conducting their search, Juice was seen “swallowing several Percocet pills” in what was believed to be an “attempt to hide them,” per TMZ.
When emergency responders arrived on the scene, he was reportedly bleeding from the mouth and still conscious. However, a medical examiner pronounced him dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center.
DJ Akademiks tweeted a video of one of his final moments, stating, “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.”
He later tweeted, “More footage of Juice Wrld on his private jet which was headed to Chicago. Seems like everything was good and everyone including him was in high spirits until he landed. (crying emoji)
Investigators discovered a bottle of codeine cough syrup on the plane, and the FBI also seized roughly 70 pounds of marijuana stashed in several suitcases.
Juice spoke his drug use, statingthat he started drinking lean in the sixth grade, according to PopCulutrue.com. And, in an interview with Vulture, he credited Future‘s music for influencing him to experiment with the drug. Future later apologized to Juice and the two would go on to collaborate on a mixtape “WRLD on Drugs.” It seemed that Juice had tried to kick the drug.
Earlier this year, he publicly apologized to his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, for his addiction to lean and vowed to be done with it.
“Ima leave that sh*t alone 4 good watch me..I’m done w it,” he tweeted.
“Bae, I’m sorry I be tweaking, you’ve put up with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, f*ck Codeine I’m done,” he later tweeted to his girlfriend. “I love you, and im letting it be known publicly that ain’t sh*t f*cking up the real love I found. Learn from this, everyone. Addiction kills all, but you can overcome.”
Juice WRLD, who just turned 21 on December 2, often rapped about addiction and depression in his music. He even entertained the idea of dying young on his song, “Legends.”
“What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21,” he sang on the track. “They tell me I’ma be a legend. I don’t want that title now.”
When asked what inspired him to write the song, Juice WRLD revealed, in an interview with AMP Morning Show, that he didn’t write the song — he free-styled the song after the deaths of a friend, XXXTENTACION and Lil Peep.
The smash-hit helped Juice WRLD win the top new artist title at the Billboard Music Awards in 2019.
Just four years earlier, Juice WRLD (born Jared Anthony Higgins) was a high school student just getting started in music — making music and posting it online. Two years later, he grew a massive fanbase on Soundcloud. He first gained traction for “All Girls Are The Same,” featuring Lil Yachty in 2018. The same year, he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records.
Later that year, his single “Lucid Dreams” became one of his biggest hits of that year, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song which samples Sting’s 1993 hit, “Shape Of My Heart,” is currently 5x platinum with nearly a billion streams on Spotify alone.
In an interview with Billboard, Sting called “Lucid Dreams,” a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form.”
Juice World accomplished so much in just a short time. In March 2019, he released his sophomore album, “Death Race For Love,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He collaborated on “Bandit,” with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and “Hate Me,” with Ellie Goulding – both songs are on the Billboard 100. He also contributed to the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack.
He went from performing at a recreation center in Chicago to touring with Nicki Minaj in February and March 2019. He also had performances scheduled for December 14 in Los Angeles and December 31 in Minneapolis. And, this week, Spotify announced that he was the fourth most-streamed male artist in the U.S. in 2019.
In an interview with Billboard, Juice Wrld stated that despite the fame and fortune, he still remains the same.
“A lot of people that get in the position I’m in, change up, become fake, become phony, become paranoid. Like, I’m still the same person. I’m still the same down-to-earth person.
Celebrities have been pouring out love on social media for the rapper.
“He knows our hearts. I really wish we had more talks like that one night in LA. Dude. This is ridiculous,” added Chance the Rapper in another post. “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. I’m sorry. Love you and God bless your soul. #legend”
Drake said, “I would like to see all the younger talent live longer and I hate waking up hearing another story filled with blessing was cut short.” (crying emoji)
Lil Nas X posted a video with a caption that read, “rip” with heart emojis and tweeted “rip juice. so sad how often this is happening lately to young talented rising artists.”
“Bye brother, love u dawg..rip,” Lil Yachty wrote.
“I can’t believe it…you were such a sweet soul. I’ll always remember meeting you and your family on the video set and thinking how close you were. You had so much further to go, you were just getting started. You’ll be missed Juice.”
Meek Mill stated “@juicewrld999 this unbelievable” (crying emoji)
Ella Mai tweeted, “too many of our peers leaving us way too soon! rest in paradise juice wrld” (praying hands emoji)
Chloe X Halle tweeted, “rip juice wrld” (broken heart emoji)
Fat Joe tweeted, “Man, so sad. I pray you meet the lord above. RIP Young King. (praying hands emoji) @JuiceWorlddd”