Chicago, IL – Multi-platinum rap star Juice Wrld has been pronounced dead. He was 21.
According to TMZ, the ‘Lucid Dreams’ rapper (born Jarad Anthony Higgins) suffered a seizure while walking through Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday morning (December 8).
When paramedics arrived on the scene, law enforcement sources reported he was bleeding from the mouth. Although he was still conscious while being transported to the hospital, he was pronounced dead not too long after arrival.
As of press time, Juice Wrld’s cause of death is unclear. Despite never disclosing any health issues, he openly admitted to a lean addiction in July but declared he was officially done with the habit.
Juice’s popularity exploded in 2017 with his Nick Mira-produced track “Lucid Dreams,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is currently 5x platinum with nearly a billion streams on Spotify alone.
The song, which samples Sting’s 1993 hit “Shape Of My Heart,” became the subject of a threatening lawsuit by Sting himself. However, in an interview with Billboard, Sting called “Lucid Dreams” a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form.”
Juice’s reign was followed by more hits such as “Lean Wit Me” and “All Girls Are The Same.” In 2018, he dropped his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance as well as his collaborative mixtape with Future Wrld On Drugs. In March 2019, he released his sophomore album Death Race For Love, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
On his song “Legends” off his Too Soon…EP, he entertains the idea of dying young.
“What’s the 27 Clu-u-u-ub?/We ain’t making it past 21,” he sings on the track dedicated to XXXTENTACION and Lil Peep.
HipHopDX sends its condolences to Juice Wrld’s family and friends.