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Authorities Investigating After Rapper Juice WRLD Suffered Fatal Seizure At Chicago Airport
An official cause of death for Juice WRLD has yet to be confirmed.
Rapper Juice WRLD died over the weekend after suffering a seizure at an airport in his hometown of Chicago.
The 21-year-old rapper, born Jarad Higgins, had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest after arriving in Chicago via private jet, ABC Chicago reports. Paramedics were called to a private hangar at Midway Airport shortly after 2 a.m. and transported Higgins to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the outlet.
Police have confirmed that there are no signs of foul play, according to Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
“After arriving in Chicago Mr. Higgins suffered what appears to be a medical emergency with no obvious signs of foul play. Individuals aboard the aircraft are cooperating,” Guglielmi said. “We will await autopsy results on cause & manner of death & don't anticipate any updates until 3pm tomorrow.”
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, which is scheduled to be completed at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 9.
ICE’s Homeland Security Investigation and local police are currently investigating the rapper’s death, as well as the private jet that he’d disembarked from, Chicago’s WGN-TV reports.
Authorities, including police officers and federal agents, were awaiting the arrival of the jet at the Atlantic Aviation hangar because they had reason to believe that Higgins had contraband aboard, the Chicago Tribune reports. Unnamed sources told the outlet that as officers began searching through luggage, Higgins began convulsing and having a seizure, and went into cardiac arrest. One federal agent on the scene allegedly gave Higgins two doses of Narcan, or naloxone, a medicine that is commonly administered in the event of a suspected opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Higgins allegedly regained consciousness but was incoherent; he was pronounced dead at around 3:14 a.m. after being transported to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the outlet.
The search allegedly turned up 41 bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine, three pistols, and ammunition, the Tribune reports, citing anonymous sources. The discovery reportedly led to the arrest of two men who were traveling with Higgins and acting as his security guards, and they were charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, per the paper's report.
Harry Dean, 27, of Chicago, and Christopher Long, 36, of Buena Park, California, are due to appear in court on Dec. 30, USA Today reports.
Videos shared on social media show Higgins boarding the jet from Los Angeles to Chicago, according to Yahoo News. He was set to travel with a number of members of his team, as well as his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, the outlet reports.
Higgins, who got his start on SoundCloud while he was still in high school, rose to fame with the song “Lucid Dreams,” a single from his 2018 debut album, “Goodbye & Good Riddance.”
On the song “Legends,” the young rapper eerily talked about dying young, rapping at one point, “What's the 27 club? / We ain't making it past 21 / I been going through paranoia / So I always gotta keep a gun / Damn, that's the world we live in now / Yeah, hold on, just hear me out.”