UPDATED: 7:33 p.m. EST, Jan. 22 —
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that Juice WRLD died from oxycodone and codeine toxicity, according to a report from CNN. The 21-year-old’s death was also ruled as an accident.
“The Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause and manner of death of 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins. Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. The manner of death is accident,” the medical examiner tweeted.
The rapper died on Dec. 9, 2019 after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway International Airport. Police arrived at the scene to investigate what was described as a “medical emergency.”
While at the hospital, Juice WRLD was given two doses of Narcan – an opioid overdose reversal, which is used in emergencies to block the effects of an opioid overdose, NBC News reports. Although he woke up briefly after being given the doses of Narcan, he was pronounced dead shortly after.
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Police have busted the now deceased rapper multiple times, including in NYC last year. He was arrested at La Guardia Airport after officers responded to a call for “prohibited items” discovered in one of his checked bags. The luggage allegedly held a small amount of marijuana and bottles of codeine cough syrup. Juice was first charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance, but he reportedly pled to a much lesser, non-criminal offense.
Juice was also searched back in November 2019 at Los Angeles International Airport. Sources say drug-sniffing dogs were set upon Juice and his people. It’s not clear if agents actually found anything.
The multiple searches have caused Juice’s friends to be suspicious, especially since he was a 20-year-old who had just signed a reported $3 million deal with Interscope back in 2018. Sources say his friends were pissed off, believing cops profiled a your rich Black man all the way up till his death. The fact that feds just happened to appear at multiple airports where he or his private jet were searched has caused his inner circle to believe that authorities were coming after his sudden fame and success.
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Details were trickling in surrounding the sudden death of rapper Juice WRLD, who died Sunday morning following a seizure at an airport in Chicago. Previously, it had been reported that the rapper suffered a seizure as law enforcement was searching his luggage, which allegedly contained a large amount of prescription pills and 70 pounds of marijuana. But a new report provided some missing context to the deadly episode.
According to TMZ, which broke the news of Juice WRLD’s death Sunday morning, “at some point between the plane landing and the feds conducting their search … Juice was seen swallowing several Percocet pills in what people believed was an attempt to hide them. Our sources say the pills might’ve contributed to his death in a possible OD.”
The pilot flying the private jet that Juice WRLD and his entourage were on reportedly alerted the authorities that guns were on board before being told to divert the flight to Chicago, where law enforcement was waiting.
According to Chicago Tribune, Juice WRLD, whose birth name is Jarad Higgins, experienced convulsions and went into cardiac arrest as federal agents and cops were searching his and his entourage’s luggage for drugs and guns at a private hangar at Midway Airport on Sunday morning.
According to law enforcement sources, agents and officers were waiting for Juice WRLD’s crew at Midway early Sunday because they suspected that his private plane from Los Angeles was holding contraband. As authorities were going through two carts of luggage, the rapper “began convulsing (and) going into a seizure,” according to sources. An agent carried out two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment when opioid overdose is suspected.
Higgins eventually awakened but remained incoherent. Paramedics transported him to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. about an hour after he arrived in Chicago. An autopsy is still in the works as of Monday.
From the plane search, authorities found 41 “vacuum-sealed” bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, according to the law enforcement sources. Two suspects identified as working security for Higgins were charged with illegally possessing the guns and ammunition. Drug charges have yet to be filed. Sources said the codeine and marijuana were discovered in bags that had no name tags. According to TMZ, various members of Juice’s team aboard the flight also told law enforcement that Juice had taken “several unknown pills” prior to his seizures. The investigation is still ongoing.
The twin-engine Gulfstream jet is owned by a company in Longwood, Florida. Logs revealed that the plane flew from Fort Pierce, Florida to Van Nuys, California, on Saturday and then eventually to Midway, arriving at the airport around 1:30 a.m. Higgins was supposed to perform at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles this upcoming Saturday.
Chicago cops said they were alerted while the plane was still en route to Midway that federal agents suspected it was carrying “weapons and narcotics.” Plainclothes tactical and gang crime officers accompanied the agents at the hangar as the plane landed and 10 passengers — including Higgins and his girlfriend — arrived in the lobby along with two pilots and a stewardess, police said.
A drug-sniffing dog picked up a “positive alert” for bags on two luggage carts, according to sources. Searches revealed the marijuana and codeine. Henry Dean, who said he was acting as security, told cops that he was carrying two 9 mm pistols and a high-capacity magazine. A third gun, a .40-caliber pistol, was discovered in a camera case containing personal effects belonging to Christopher Long, but he denied the gun belonged to him.
After Higgins had his seizures, authorities asked his girlfriend if he had any medical issues or had ingested any drugs and she responded that he didn’t have any medical conditions, but that he “takes Percocet and has a drug problem.” Percocet includes acetaminophen and oxycodone, an opioid. Dean was charged with possessing a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets, and for carrying a concealed firearm at an airport, police explained. He had a permit to carry a gun in Illinois, however, weapons are banned from airports. Meanwhile, Long was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.