Rapper Juice Wrld, who rose to international fame with his major hit “Lucid Dreams” in 2018, has died at the age of 21.
UPDATE #1 (Dec. 9 — 9:19pm ET): The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told HollywoodLife that they have determined that “additional studies are required to establish the cause and manner of death for 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins. Additional studies include cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology. The cause and manner of death are pending at this time. The Office will release a statement when cause and manner of death are determined.”
1: Juice Wrld died after suffering from a seizure. Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, was pronounced dead on Sunday, December 8, after suffering from a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport according to a report from TMZ. Witnesses said that the seizure took place while he was walking through the airport after he got off his flight from California. Law enforcement sources said he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics arrived on the scene. Juice reportedly was still conscious when he was rushed to the hospital prior to his passing. “Shortly after arriving to Chicago he suffered what appears to be some type of medical emergency according to people traveling with him,” Anthony Guglielmi, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department said in an official statement. “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.”
2: Fans were left stunned after hearing the shocking news. Social media went ballistic after word got out about Juice’s untimely and shocking passing. “Gone too soon is an understatement. We’re losing so much young talent too damn early,” one wrote while another chimed in with “Actually upset, I’ve been listening to all of his songs on repeat for months. 2019 has been so cruel, Rest In Peace Juice Wrld.”
3: Juice Wrld’s career just began to skyrocket recently. The Chicago native is primarily known for his hit “Lucid Dreams” which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. It ended up being the 12th biggest song of 2018 and sold 5 million copies in the process. He also collaborated with Halsey on the 2018 track “Without Me” and she posted a touching memorial on her Instagram. “Sweet boy. The fastest brain in the game. Your creativity, endless. Immortal. Rest in power. I can’t even explain the sadness,” she captioned a photo of the two enjoying a night on the town.
4: He began his quest for superstardom in high school. Juice, who used to be known as JuicetheKidd, released his first track called “Forever” on SoundCloud in 2015 while he was still in high school. He eventually changed his professional name to Juice Wrld because it “represents taking over the world.” He would go on to work with several other big names in the R&B and hip-hop industry including Lil Uzi Vert, 25, and contributed tracks to major motion pictures like Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
5: His musical influences were genre-wide. Juice’s stated that his biggest musical influences ranged from the kings of rock and rap music like Eminem, 47, and Fall Out Boy.
Our healing thoughts go out to all those affected by Juice’s passing.