The sudden death of Juice WRLD after arriving at a Chicago airport last month was caused by an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Wednesday.
“The manner of death is accident,” the corner’s office tweeted. An autopsy performed in December was inconclusive, prompting the medical examiner to conduct additional tests.
The Medical Examiner's Office has determined the cause and manner of death of 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins.
Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity.
The manner of death is accident.@JuiceWorlddd #Juicewrld
— Cook County ME (@CookCountyME) January 22, 2020
Hours after the coroner’s report was released, Juice WRLD’s family and his team at Grade A released a joint statement on his social media accounts Wednesday night, saying a public tribute in Chicago is in the works.
“From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank each and every one of you for your undivided adoration and love for Juice,” the statement said. “You guys meant the entire world to Juice and by listening to his music, watching his videos and sharing your stories about him, you are keeping his memory alive forever. We plan to honor Juice’s talents, his spirit, and the love he felt for his fans by sharing unreleased music and other projects that he was passionately in the process of developing. There will be a public tribute in Chicago, details will be shared soon.”
— . (@JuiceWorlddd) January 23, 2020
Back on Dec. 8, police officers were called to Midway International Airport at 1:34 a.m. to assist federal law enforcement with a private jet they suspected was carrying narcotics, Chicago police said at the time.
Juice WRLD, 21, had just arrived with his entourage from California. As local police and federal agents searched luggage belonging to the group, the rapper suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest.
An agent administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment used to reverse the effects of a suspected opioid overdose, authorities said.
Juice WRLD, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, was briefly revived and transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill, but died at 3:14 a.m.
During the airport search, a drug-sniffing dog made a “positive alert” for bags on two luggage carts, police said. The search turned up 41 “vacuum-sealed” bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9-millimeter pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, according to police.
A rising star in the music industry, Juice WRLD collaborated with Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty and others. He was best known for his hit singles “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams,” which helped him secure a recording contract with Interscope Records.
The Chicago native released his album Death Race for Love in March 2019. It climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Billboard reported on March 24.
The rapper and Seezyn also recorded the track “Hide,” which was featured on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.