He was so young. Jarad Anthony Higgins, also known as Juice Wrld, died after having a seizure in Midway Airport in Chicago on December 8, 2019, at just 21 years old. After an autopsy came back inconclusive, Cook County Medical Examiner’s office decided a toxicology report would be needed to confirm the rapper’s exact cause of death and those results were revealed on Tuesday, January 22.
“The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause and manner of death of 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins. The Office determined that Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. The manner of death is accident,” Natalia Derevyanny, the Director of Communications of the Cook County Bureau of Administration, confirmed to In Touch in a statement. “Higgins was pronounced dead on December 8, 2019 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.”
Derevyanny previously confirmed in a statement to In Touch that toxicology report would be needed to done after the autopsy came back as inconclusive on December 9. “Additional studies include cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology,” the statement read at the time.
The more details we receive about the performer’s tragic passing, the more heartbreaking the loss is. A report claimed the rapper was seen swallowing Percocet pills in what was believed to be an attempt to hide them from FBI and FAA agents who were waiting for Juice and his entourage to deplane in Chicago. Another report claimed federal agents confiscated 70 pounds of marijuana from several suitcases that were onboard the rapper’s private jet.
Not long after Juice Wrld’s sudden death, P.O. Matlock confirmed his passing in a statement to In Touch. “[A] 21-year-old male suffered a medical emergency and was transported to Christ Hospital where he was pronounced [dead]. Area Central detectives are conducting a death investigation. No further information at this time,” the statement read.
The rapper’s flight landed early that morning after departing from California, according to reports. After he got off the plane, eyewitnesses said he suffered the seizure as he made his way through the Chicago airport. According to law enforcement sources, he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics arrived to assist, but he, unfortunately, did not make it. He was alive when he was being transported to the hospital, but passed shortly after he arrived.
The rapper was a fairly recent star in the hip-hop world. He released his first single, “Forever” in 2015 via SoundCloud, and followed it up with “Too Much Cash” in 2017. His 2018 song, “All Girls Are the Same,” reached No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And his 2018 single, “Lucid Dreams,” reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts and was certified 5-times platinum, helping to solidify him as a success in the music industry.
The day Juice Wrld passed away, YouTuber FaZe Banks (real name: Richard Bengtson) shared the final tip he gave the rapper before his death in an Instagram Story update. “It’s so true, bro. You’re about to have the year of your f–king life. Don’t get wrapped up in the dumb s–t, and you’ll be up there,” the 28-year-old told the late rapper via a screenshot. “Love, bro,” Juice Wrld replied.
Over a year later, the “All Girls Are the Same” performer replied to FaZe’s advice and wrote, “Yoo. That advice you gave me, LOL. Some of the same s–t I’ma [sic] say to my kid.” The performer will definitely be missed by all those who knew him.
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