Juice WRLD’s cause of death has been revealed. The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jared A. Higgins, died from a drug overdose, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
In a 2018 interview withThe New York Times, Juice WRLD said he was trying to curb his use of Xanax.
“I smoke weed, and every now and then I slip up and do something that’s poor judgment,” Juice WRLD said. “I have a lot going for me, I recognize it’s a lot of big things, a lot of big looks.”
Juice WRLD died on December 8, 2019, after landing at Chicago’s Midway airport. The “Lucid Dreams” rapper suffered a seizure after his private jet landed at the airport, according to a Chicago Police Department incident report. He was quickly transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead hours later.
“The Office determined that Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity,” the medical examiner said. “The manner of death is [an] accident.”
Juice WRLD’s family released an emotional statement on Instagram thanking everyone for their support during this difficult time. They also mentioned an upcoming public tribute.
Artists from Nicki Minaj to Sting paid homage to Juice immediately after his death.
At Billboard’s Women in Music 2019, Minaj talked about how she and the late musician recently toured together, calling him a “kindred spirit.”
“I had a great conversation with him and while we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me to stay calm and to pray,” Minaj told the audience. “He said that he had been trying to do just that.”
Sting said Juice WRLD’s hit single “Lucid Dreams” is his all-time favorite reworking of “Shape of My Heart,” following the emo rapper’s death. Sting described the Chicago native as a “unique and precious talent” and offered his sincere condolences to his family.
“This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent,” the British singer told CNN in a statement.
Although Sting never had the opportunity to work with Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” contains a reworked sample from Sting’s classic 1993 track “Shape of My Heart.” Following its release in May 2018, Sting returned to the top of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as a songwriter.
“‘Lucid Dreams’ was my favorite of all the many interpolations of ‘Shape of My Heart,’ it will resonate for many years to come,” Sting said of the melancholic track which reached No. 2 on the US Billboard singles chart.
The late rapper’s girlfriend, Ally Lotti, honored him at the Rolling Loud music festival in Los Angeles a week after his death.
“He wants everyone to know that you need to take any negative thing in your life—he would tell you every time he saw you—and change that to a positive situation,” Lotti said. “Change that to 999.”
For Juice WRLD, 999 was significant. He recognized it as the opposite of 666, and it represented overcoming negativity.
The rapper’s label, Interscope Records, said in a statement he “made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time.”
Juice signed to Interscope in March 2018 after scoring hits on SoundCloud with “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls Are the Same,” according to Billboard magazine.
SoundCloud says Juice WRLD was the most streamed, liked and reposted artist on its platform in 2018 and “Lucid Dreams” notched the most plays of any song in 2018.
“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,” Interscope’s statement read.
The music world is going to miss Juice WRLD’s talent, but we are grateful for his art that remains.
AfterBuzz TV would like to send our condolences to his friends, family and supporters.
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