Popular hip-hop star Juice Wrld died just days after his 21st birthday. He went into cardiac arrest at the airport and died in a Chicago hospital.
Rapper Juice Wrld has died at age 21.
TMZ first reported the rapper, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure Sunday morning at Chicago Midway International Airport before he died at a nearby hospital. Chicago Police representative Zeyad Matlock confirmed to USA TODAY that a “male suffered a medical emergency” and died at Christ Hospital.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the transported man experienced cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital from a Midway hangar away from the main terminal where private planes land.
He was pronounced dead around 3:15 a.m. and taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office several hours later, according to office spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, who said an autopsy would take place Monday.
Chicago police said they’re conducting a death investigation.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Juice Wrld and Midway Airport for more information.
A Chicago native, Higgins launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut. He gained prominence with his 2018 single “Lucid Dreams,” which heavily sampled Sting’s “Shape of My Heart,” was a six-time platinum success and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. His second studio album, “Death Race for Love,” debuted in March and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Juice Wrld was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May.
“I was very impressed by what he put on top of (my version),” Sting told The Associated Press this year. “It’s a really good song.”
Higgins celebrated his 21st birthday on Dec. 2. “ONE OF THE BEST BDAYS (AND) IT STILL AINT OVER,” he tweeted just after midnight.
He had performances scheduled for Dec. 14 in Los Angeles and Dec. 31 in Minneapolis. Earlier this year, he toured with Nicki Minaj on the Nicki Wrld Tour in February and March.
In a statement to USA TODAY provided by Universal representative Hannah Haines, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, which represented Juice Wrld, mourned the artist.
“Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time,” the statement read. “He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. To lose someone so kind and so close to our hearts is devastating. Our thoughts are with Juice’s family and friends, everyone at his label Grade A, and his millions of fans around the world.”
Juice fans and fellow artists mourned the rapper on social media Sunday morning after the news broke.
“I would like to see all the younger talent live longer and I hate waking up hearing another story filled with blessings was cut short 😢” Drake wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Higgins.
“He knows our hearts,” Chance The Rapper shared on Instagram along with a photo of Juice. “Millions of people, not just in Chicago but around the world are hurting because of this and don’t know what to make of it.”
Rapper Lil Yachty shared a photo of the two together. “bye brother, love u dawg .. rip,” he captioned the Instagram post.
Singer Ellie Goulding, who collaborated with Juice on a June single titled “Hate Me,” shared a selfie of the two.
“I can’t believe it… you were such a sweet soul,” she tweeted. “I’ll always remember meeting you and your family on the video set and thinking how close you were. You had so much further to go, you were just getting started. You’ll be missed Juice”
Singer Camila Cabello tweeted a broken heart emoji with the hashtag #juicewrld.
“I loved his music and he was my most listened to artist in 2019,” wrote YouTuber @Ninja. “Im heartbroken, my love goes out to his family and loved ones. To soon man.”
“Just turned 21 too, way too young,” tweeted YouTuber Deji Olatunji. “You won’t be forgotten.”
“@JuiceWorlddd has helped me get through some tough times, it’s so sad to see him pass my prayers go out to his family and friends,” wrote influencer Lance Stewart.
Several fans referenced his song “Legends,” in which Higgins laments his idols dying young and expresses his yearning to break that cycle and change the world.
“All legends fall in the making / Sorry truth, dying young, demon youth / What’s the 27 Club? / We ain’t making it past 21,” he sings.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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