Juice WRLD Dies at 21

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Another incredibly talented artist has been lost far too soon. Rapper, singer, and rising sensation Juice WRLD had just celebrated his 21st birthday on December 2.

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Juice WRLD–whose birth name was Jarad Higgins–had taken a private jet with some friends from Los Angeles to Illinois last Saturday evening. Upon arriving at Chicago Midway Airport on the morning of Sunday, December 8, Juice WRLD suffered a seizure in the terminal and later died at the hospital.

It is yet to be determined what caused Higgins’ seizure, though reports from his friends reveal he likely took several pills prior to the incident.

Juice WRLD Dead at 21

The artist behind the trippy heartbreak hit “Lucid Dreams” often sang and rapped lyrics involving drug abuse, living fast, and dying young. One especially prophetic lyric from his song “Legends” is haunting fans in the wake of his death:

“All legends fall in the making / sorry truth, dying young, demon youth / What’s the 27 Club? / We ain’t making it past 21.”

Juice WRLD’s lyrics are in direct reference to the growing number of young artists that aren’t surviving past their early 20s. XXXTentacion was murdered in 2018 at the age of 20. Lil Peep died of a Xanax and fentanyl overdose in 2017, two weeks after his 21st birthday. In late 2018, Mac Miller also passed away of a drug overdose at only 26 years old.

Juice WRLD’s Legacy

Higgins started uploading songs to SoundCloud in 2015, long before he had any recognition. But in a few short years, tracks like “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls Are The Same” would prove to listeners that Higgins was not your average kid with a laptop and a pair of Beats headphones; he was really good.

His most recent album, Death Race for Love, showed a marked self-awareness for the young artist (who was only a teenager at the time of production). Juice WRLD transitions between sensitive ballads, self-indulgent bangers and emo rock with ease, bringing authenticity and real emotion to every edge of the genre spectrum he explores.

His love songs show a young man who is highly in touch with his sensitive side, while the wild stories of drug abuse paint a portrait of a confused kid who got rich and famous (and might not always know how to handle it).

In “Fast,” a song about his surreal lifestyle of endless money, girls, and fame, he sings: “I’m 19 years old / It’s been months since I felt at home / But it’s okay ’cause I’m rich / Psych. I’m still sad as a b*tch.”

Fellow celebrities and fans alike have responded with outpourings of love for Juice WRLD and heartbreak over this devastating loss.