Juice WRLD Unexpectedly Died at Age 21



Juice WRLD unexpectedly passed away after his plane landed at Midway Airport on December 8, 2019.

Maddie Garnes, Editor-in-Chief

On Sunday, December 8, 2019,  Juice WRLD died upon landing at Midway Airport in Chicago. The cause of death was ruled to be a purposeful overdose, and his plane was carrying firearms and drugs which affirms this. Not only that, but there are many controversies claiming he faked his death.


Juice WRLD’s plane landed around 1 am on that Sunday morning with law enforcement officials awaiting because they had heard of the possible drugs, firearms, and ammunition. Three pistols, 71 pounds of marijuana, and six bottles of codeine cough syrup were discovered by the K9 unit.


Upon arrival, Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, began seizing. The federal agents investigating the plane administered Narcan to Juice WRLD, a drug supposed to help people who overdose on opiods.


In addition, one of the people on the plane with Juice WRLD told law enforcement that he attempted to hide several Percocet pills by swallowing them and continued to say that recently he was addicted to the drug. It was a well known fact that he was addicted to codeine back in July as well; however, he said that he would quit for his girlfriend.


These facts have all been backed up by law enforcement officials and the Chicago Fire Department who arrived on scene a few minutes after Juice WRLD began convulsing; however, these facts are not the only information about his death. Countless sources believe the young rapper faked his death.


This idea is strongly rooted in social media and in Juice WRLD’s song lyrics. In 2017, the rapper tweeted,


not only in the music industry but also on Tik Tok where his song “Lucid Dreams” was the theme for a major trend. The thing that disturbed many people on the app was that in the trend, people would fake a seizure to the beat of an edited version of “Lucid Dreams”. They believe it is eerie and ironic that Juice WRLD’s death was because of a seizure.


Emmanuel Moran, a Junior at Damascus High School, explained his thoughts on the conspiracy: “With every famous person/celebrity that passes, we always have a load of conspiracies to come with it. I don’t believe the conspiracy that he faked his death, although I have been thinking about some other conspiracies involving the weirdness of his death.”


The other aspect of the conspiracy is related to the young rapper’s song lyrics. In his song “All Girls are the Same”, he says “I’m a jealous boy, really feel like John Lennon”. The irony in this is that John Lennon was murdered December 8th, 1980, and Juice WRLD died December 8th. Another lyric was in his song “Legends” where he says “What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21.” He had just turned 21 six days before he died. 


While, yes, these could all be extremely coincidental, many people are skeptical that the famous rapper faked his death. There are many signs that it is possible, but it is up to personal opinion whether to believe he died or faked his death. 


Students are torn apart by this tragedy. Emmanuel expressed, “It is sad that we lost another legend to drugs, and we lost one of the only real artists we have. Juice WRLD not only helped me, but millions of others, and we all mourn at his death, and wish his family blessings through this horrible time.”


The other controversy regarding Juice WRLD’s death is the idea that Tik Tok manifested his death by creating the viral meme connected to his song “Lucid Dreams.” Did Tik Tok predict or cause Juice WRLD’s death, or are people trying to cope with this tragedy through finding someone or something to blame?