The rapper Juice WRLD (real name Jarad Anthony Higgins) died suddenly on December 8th after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport. He was 21 years old. He’s yet another young rapper with a large following of young fans who died unexpectedly in the past years. And, not unlike the cases of Mac Miller and XXXtentacion, there are strange circumstances and coincidences surrounding his death.
At the time of his death, Juice WRLD was well on his way to superstardom. After a string of hits such as Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same, the rapper signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records. Soon after, everything surrounding his act took a dark turn.
Before we look at Juice’s career, let’s look at the strange circumstances surrounding his death.
Prior to his death, Juice was aboard a private jet with about a dozen people. DJ Akademiks posted a couple of videos of Juice and his crew on the plane. As Akademiks says, Juice was “in high spirits and looked happy”.
This was Juice Wrld as he got on the plane that took him to Chicago last night. He was in high spirits and looked happy. pic.twitter.com/JBsuybaC9O
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) December 8, 2019
When they landed at a private hangar at Midway airport, Juice and his crew were visited by police and FBI agents. According to news sources, Juice began convulsing while police officers were questioning him.
Police and FBI agents arrived to meet Higgins’ plane at about 1:30 a.m. CT at Midway Airport on Sunday on the suspicion the rapper was in possession of contraband, the Chicago Police Department said Monday. Officers found 70 pounds of marijuana and six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup in a search of the luggage on the twin-engine Gulfstream jet.
There were also two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets found on the plane, according to police.
Though circumstances leading to the 21-year-old rapper’s death are still unclear, police said Higgins began convulsing while police officers were speaking to him and others on the plane. He was given two doses of Narcan, a brand of naloxone used to block the effects of opioid overdose in emergency situations. Higgins woke up briefly but was later declared dead at a local hospital.
– NBC News, Late rapper Juice WRLD had codeine and 70 pounds of marijuana on plane, police say
Law enforcement sources state that he was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics arrived. According to media sources, Juice was still conscious when he was transported to the hospital. However, he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
As Juice was taken to the hospital, police arrested two members of his crew.
Christopher Long, 36, and Henry Dean, 27, two guards who were with Higgins at the time, were arrested on unrelated gun charges, according to the Chicago Police Department. Arrest records for the men are not available and it is unclear whether they have attorneys.
Dean allegedly told police he had two guns and a high-capacity magazine on him at the time. A third gun was found in a camera case among Long’s possessions, though he denied owning it, according to police.
On the day following his death, two other government agencies announced the launch of investigations.
On Monday, a Homeland Security spokeswoman in Chicago, Nicole Aberico, confirmed to USA TODAY that an immigration agency is investigating the events surrounding the death but would not say why.