The world woke up on Monday 12/9/19 to the tragic news about Juice WRLD passing away unexpectedly. The rapper had just turned 21 and finished up an Australian tour recently. Fans and artists from all over shared their condolences to the young, talented rapper. Juice WRLD found success and fame following his 2017 EP on Soundcloud as well as his 2018 album, Goodbye & Good Riddance. The track ‘Lucid Dreams‘ from the album started gaining mass hype, and soon enough, Juice WRLD found himself with more fans and attention than he ever had before.
However, rap culture and fame comes with its own vices and downfalls. Drug culture can sometimes go hand in hand with rap culture and many rappers fall into that lifestyle. Unfortunately, Juice WRLD is one of them as well. He had tried to follow a sober lifestyle but relapsed, then swore off codeine again. That being said, drugs and alcohol are not only a problem in the rap culture, but in music culture as a whole.
“Addiction kills all but you can overcome.”Tweet from Juice WRLD – July 8, 2019
Authorities were alerted that the jet was carrying “weapons and narcotics on it.” TMZ reports that some time between the plane landing and authorities conducting their search, witnesses saw the rapper swallowing several Percocet pills in what they believe was an attempt to hide the contraband. He suffered from convulsions and went into cardiac arrest on Sunday at Chicago’s Midway Aiport. He was awake again after two doses of Narcan but pronounced dead after arriving to the medical center. Following his death, police found and seized 70 lbs of marijuana, codeine, and three guns from the private jet the rapper flew on. According to sources, when the police questioned the rapper’s girlfrind she stated that Juice WRLD “takes Percocet and has a drug problem.” However, there still no conclusion yet based on autopsy to report what was the definitive cause of death.
Juice WRLD was a light and genuine soul in the rap industry. Juice WRLD was scheduled to play Rolling Loud Los Angeles this Saturday. It’s unclear yet what the hip hop festival will do his timeslot. Hopefully this tragedy can serve as a wake-up call for artists and people who need it. Addiction can consume a person, and there’s no shame in getting help.