Last weekend the death of up and coming rapper, Juice WRLD, sent a pulse of shock through the hip-hop world with celebrities and other artists sending their condolences through social media.
However, today, the late rapper’s (whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins) mother, released a statement confirming his dependence on prescription drugs in response to headlines that the rapper may have overdosed on painkillers.
“Addiction Knows No Boundaries”
In a TMZ interview, Juice WRLD’s mother, Carmella Wallace, stated, “We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency.”
She added, “Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”
The Chicago Police Department said officers were called to the airport at 1:34 a.m. Sunday to assist federal law enforcement with “a private jet arriving at the airport which contained a large amount of narcotics.” Upon landing, the rapper apparently swallowed multiple Percocet pills in an attempt to hide them. When officers arrived, they found the several pieces of luggage.
In the luggage a drug-sniffing dog indicated narcotics had been aboard the plane. 41 bags of marijuana, six bottles of liquid codeine and three guns were seized, according to law enforcement. It was also reported that the plane’s pilot was the one to alert authorities that there were guns on board the flight, which is illegal.
Helping Those Who Feel Alone
During the search, the 21-year-old rapper suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. He was then given a dose of Narcan, an opioid antagonist, to reverse the effects of opioids. After, he was then rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois and pronounced dead.
Though Juice WRLD rapped often about drugs, his mother noted that his intentions were not to glorify drug use, but to help those who may feel alone in their addiction and struggles.
She continued. “Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”
Wallace said she hopes “the conversations he started in his music and his legacy will help others win their battles as that is what he wanted more than anything. We know that Jarad’s legacy of love, joy and emotional honesty will live on.”
The rapper passed six days after his 21st birthday.