Rapper Juice WRLD died yesterday (December 8th) after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport. He was 21. TMZ broke the news, reporting that the rapper flew into Chicago early Sunday morning from Los Angeles. After departing the plane, witnesses say he suffered a seizure while walking through the airport. Law enforcement sources said that the rapper was bleeding from his mouth when the paramedics arrived.
Juice was still conscious when he was transported to the hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. The cause of death is unclear at this time.
According to The Jasmine Brand, Chicago PD released a statement regarding the rapper’s death, saying “There were no signs of foul play and all individuals aboard the aircraft are cooperating with CPD and have given all of their information. Currently we are awaiting the Cook County medical examiner on the cause and manner of death.”
The rapper’s record label Interscope Geffen released a statement, saying, “Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time. He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. To lose someone so kind and so close to our hearts is devastating. Our thoughts are with Juice’s family and friends, everyone at his label Grade A, and his millions of fans around the world.”
The rapper, born Jarad Anthony Higgins just turned 21 on December 2nd.
In 2018, Juice WRLD’s released his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance. The song “Lucid Dreams” went six times platinum. It made it no. 2 on the Billboard Charts. Earlier this year, the rapper released his sophomore album Death Race for Love, which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album was the second-biggest streaming week for any album in 2019, with over 200 million global streams. In May, he was named Top New Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. On his last Instagram post, dated December 3rd, Juice WRLD wrote, “Yesterday was my actual bday im celebrating all week doe🤷🏾♂️999 sh*t.”
Juice WRLD was born Jarad Anthony Higgins in Chicago on December 2nd, 1998. As a child, Higgins’s mom was religious so he was not allowed to listen to hip-hop. He learned how to play the piano at age 4, followed by guitar and drums. He also played the trumpet for band class. Higgins started to take rap seriously during his sophomore year in high school, as he started posting songs to his SoundCloud which he recorded on his cell phone.
During high school, he also came up with the name Juice WRLD. He once revealed that the name was inspired by Tupac‘s role in Juice and “taking over the world.
In 2017, the rapper released his debut full-length EP 999 with the song “Lucid Dreams” garnering major attention.
The song led to him signing to Lil Bibby‘s Grade A Productions record label
In December 2017, he released another EP called Nothings Different. His song “All Girls Are the Same” remix featuring Lil Yachty gained popularity which led to him bein signed to Interscope Records.
In 2018, he released his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance. The song “Lucid Dreams” was officially released as a single and it went six times platinum. It made it no. 2 on the Billboard Charts. One month after releasing Goodbye & Good Riddance, Juice released the two track EP, “Too Soon” and it featured a song called “Legends,” a tribute to Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. On the song, he raps about the rapper’s deaths, saying, “What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21.”
Earlier this year, the rapper released his sophomore album Death Race for Love, which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album was the second-biggest streaming week for any album in 2019, with over 200 million global streams.
In May, he was named Top New Artist at the Billboard Music Awards.
Juice had been open about his struggles with drug addiction. Back in July, he tweeted to his girlfriend Ally Lotti that he was done with codeine. He wrote, “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. 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.”
Drake posted on Instagram: “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 😢.”
Lil Nas X tweeted: “rip juice. so sad how often this is happening lately to young talented rising artists. 🖤.”
Lil Yachty tweeted: “Wow, I can not believe this. Rip my brother juice world 😭😭😭.”
Amber Rose wrote on Instagram: “Damn not my boy @juicewrld999 man…. Rest In Peace Young King. He was so sweet,humble and such a talent. God Bless him, His Girlfriend, his team and his Family may God give them the Strength to make it through this. You are gone too soon my friend smh Love.”
Kehlani tweeted: “this sad as f*ck. rest in love juice wrld 🏆.”
Lil Durk: “R.i.p juice …sad day in the world today”
Meek Mill: “This unbelievable.”
ELLIE GOULDING SHARES FOOTAGE WITH ‘HATE ME’ COLLABORATOR JUICE WRLD: Ellie Goulding posted a silent tribute to the late Juice Wrld, who tragically died of a seizure at the age of 21 on Sunday. “We will miss you Juice x,” Ellie captioned the video, which featured footage of the two superstars working together on their hit collaboration, “Hate Me.” The track, released in June, went on to become a Top 40 hit in the UK, and landed in the Top 20 of the U.S. Mainstream Top 40 chart.