The life and death of Juice WRLD

The life and death of Juice WRLD

Early Sunday morning, on December 8th 2019, the world woke up to sad news. One of the music industry's greatest giants had just passed on. Juice WRLD, who was only 21 years old at the time of his passing, died shortly after landing at a Chicago airport.

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The list of musicians who died way too young is endless. We have Avicii, Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, and now, Juice WRLD. The young rapper, who was famous for his tremendous hit, Lucid Dreams, will forever live in our hearts.

Profile summary

  • Real name: Jarad Anthony Higgins
  • Stage name: Juice WRLD
  • Birthday: December 2nd 1998
  • Age: 21 years
  • Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
  • Occupation: Rapper, singer, songwriter
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches or 171 cm
  • Net worth: $6 million
  • Date of death: December 8th 2019

The biography of Juice WRLD: His early life

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Juice, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, was born on December 2nd in 1998. He was raised in a Christian home with a mother who initially forbade rap music. His parents separated when he was young, leaving his mother to take care of him and his older brother.

The family moved to Homewood, Illinois and the young star went to Homewood Flossmoor High School.

How did Juice WRLD become a star?

Juice rose to prominence as a SoundCloud artist, but how did he get to this point? After years of playing drums, guitar and piano, his friends encouraged him to pursue music. What followed was Juice posting his first piece of music on SoundCloud in the year 2015 using the monicker JuicetheKidd.

He released his first song, Forever, during his high school freshman year. He started taking rap seriously during his high school sophomore year.

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Juice released his debut EP, 9 9 9, in June 15th 2017. The EP, which was produced by Nick Mira and Sidepce, housed his most popular song to date, Lucid Dreams.

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In December 2017, the artist released a three-song EP titled Nothings Different. The most popular song from this collection is All Girls Are The Same.

In May 2018, Juice's hit song Lucid Dreams became an official single and one of the biggest streaming songs of the year.

In May 23rd 2018, he released his debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, and later on, released a two-song EP titled Too Soon…

The artist was signed with Interscope Records in 2018.

What went wrong? How did Juice WRLD die?

Shortly after arriving at Midway International Airport in Chicago, Juice suffered a medical emergency, but what exactly caused it?

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As reported, Chicago officers had received information from a federal task force that the plane in which Juice and his entourage were arriving in could have drugs and guns on board. The officers were, therefore, waiting for the plane to arrive and upon its arrival, conducted a search.

While the officers were searching the plane, Juice went into a convulsion. Federal agents then proceeded to administer Narcan, a drug used to revive people that are thought to have overdosed on opioids. This was after the musician's girlfriend, who was part of the entourage, informed them that Juice had been taking Percocet painkillers. Some sources claim that the rapper took the Percocet pills in a helpless bid to hide them from the officers.

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It is reported that the rapper briefly woke up and was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center. However, he was pronounced dead at 3:15 am on Sunday.

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Did the officers find any drugs on the plane?

Upon searching the plane, the Chicago officers found 70 pounds of marijuana in 41 vacuum-sealed bags; six bottles of liquid prescription codeine cough syrup; and three firearms, including two 9 mm pistols and a .40-caliber pistol, along with metal-piercing bullets and a high-capacity ammunition magazine. None of the 12 or so people on board admitted to carrying the drugs.

It is also reported that two security guards who were accompanying the rapper were arrested on misdemeanour gun charges after the pilot alerted authorities about the presence of firearms on board.

Was this the first time Juice's plane was searched?

This was not the first time the artist was treated to an impromptu plane search. On November 18th at LAX, the rapper and his entourage were boarding a flight to Sydney, Australia, when Custom Agents conducted a search. It is not known whether they found anything as the plane was allowed to take off with Juice on board.

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Did Juice predict his death?

Since the demise of the star, many people have come up with theories that somewhat prove the fact that indeed, the artist saw his death coming. One of these theories surrounds the lyrics of his Legends track which read,

"What's the 27 Club?" We ain't making it past 21."

The lyrics are in reference to the celebrities who died at the age of 27. True to these lines, the rapper did not make it past 21.

Another theory points to his December 1st tweet that read,

This life is yours do what tf you want do great things and change the world don't let no one tell you SH*T.. and you'll be bigger than "Juice WRLD" will ever be, and he's going down as a legend - Jarad

Many people worldwide, celebrities and fans of the artists alike, expressed their sadness upon hearing about the artist's death. Some of them include Ellie Goulding, Zedd, and Lil Nas, among many others.

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Just after his death, his Lucid Dreams track shot to number 1 on Apple Music Chart.

Juice WRLD adds to the list of young celebrities who died too soon. The artist may be gone, but his talent and loveable personality will never be forgotten.


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