Popular rapper, Juice WRLD died from oxycodone and codeine toxicity, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has said.
The lyricist died at a hospital he was rushed to after battling a medical emergency when he arrived at Chicago’s Midway International Airport on December 8, 2019.
On the day he left the world, Chicago police stormed the airport to help federal authorities “in regards to a private jet arriving at the airport which contained a large amount of narcotics.”
As police checked the plane, they saw forty-one bags of what was suspected to be marijuana, 6 six prescription bottles of suspected liquid codeine and three firearms, according to their statement.
The late rapper suffered a seizure during the search, and a Homeland Security officer administered Narcan, a procedure used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, to him.
Sadly, Juice did not make it.
Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice Wrld, was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was known for his singles “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams” which helped him gain a recording contract with Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions and Interscope Records.
“All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams” acted as singles for Juice Wrld’s debut studio album Goodbye & Good Riddance (2018) which became certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album enjoyed positive critical reception, and contained three other singles: “Armed and Dangerous”, “Lean wit Me” and “Wasted”, all of which charted on the Billboard Hot 100. After collaborating with Future on the mixtape Wrld on Drugs (2018), Juice Wrld released his second album Death Race for Love in 2019, which became his only number-one album on the Billboard 200.
Jarad Higgins was born on December 2, 1998, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1999, he moved to Homewood, Illinois, and attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School. His parents divorced when he was three years old and his father left, leaving his mother to raise him as a single mother alongside one older brother. Higgins’ mother was very religious and conservative, and did not let him listen to hip hop. He was, however, allowed to listen to rock and pop music he found on video games such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero, which introduced him to artists such as Billy Idol, Blink-182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, Megadeth, and Panic! at the Disco.
Higgins was a heavy drug user during his childhood and teens. He began drinking lean in sixth grade and using percocets and xanax in 2013. Higgins also smoked cigarettes, quitting in his last year of high school due to health issues.