Chicago rapper Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, has died at the age of 21.
Higgins’ record label Interscope confirmed the news on Instagram on Sunday (December 8), calling the rapper a “gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds.” “Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time,” the statement read. “To lose someone so kind and so close to our hearts is devastating.”
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Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time. 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.
According to TMZ, Higgins suffered a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday morning and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois confirmed the rapper’s death, though an “autopsy has not been performed at this time,” a spokesperson told Rolling Stone.
Higgins shot to fame last year with his hit single “Lucid Dreams.” The track peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018 and was later followed up with the rapper’s star-making sophomore album, Death Race for Love. The LP, which arrived earlier this March, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It featured songs like “Robbery” and “Hear Me Calling.”
Following news of his death, the hip hop community has mourned the young star on social media. “I would like to see all the younger talent live longer,” Drake wrote on Instagram. “I hate waking up hearing another story filled with blessings was cut short.”
Meanwhile, Higgins’ frequent collaborator Benny Blanco called the late rapper “one of the sweetest / purest people i have ever met.” “i’m thankful for the time we spent together… ur friends and family are in my prayers,” the producer added.
Other musicians including Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill and Ski Mask the Slump God have also paid tribute to Higgins. Read their posts below.
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He knows our hearts. I really wish we had more talks like that one night in LA. Dude. This is ridiculous. 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. Im sorry. Love you and God bless your soul. #legend
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) December 8, 2019
Juice world passed today ….waking up to news like that is the type of stuff that make me not want to go to sleep
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 9, 2019
Rip to JuiceWorld so sad so talented!
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) December 8, 2019
This is absolutely heartbreaking. We send our love and strength to this young man’s family. Please know we are with you and if we can do anything to help you please let us know. We are so very sorry.
— GOTH ANGEL SINNER (@Lilpeep) December 8, 2019
RIP, Juice WRLD. Revisit his final album, Death Race for Love, below: