While emergency crews were transporting 21-year-old rapper Juice Wrld to a hospital early Sunday, federal law enforcement agents were ransacking his luggage and belongings. Ultimately, they found several suitcases containing cannabis, FBI agents reportedly told TMZ. Police say they also confiscated three handguns and one bottle of codeine cough syrup. We still don’t know what caused the death of the young rap artist and singer; the Cook County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy on Monday. But the emerging law enforcement narrative is one that’s aiming to criminalize Juice Wrld after his death, and without all the facts. Here’s what we know so far.
Juice Wrld was on a private jet from Los Angeles to Chicago that landed at Midway around 1 AM on Sunday, December 8. As Juice Wrld was getting off the plane, he fell victim to a seizure. Emergency crews rushed him to the hospital, where we was pronounced dead, according to police.
Juice Wrld’s Private Jet Was Carrying Suitcases Packed with Weed
Juice Wrld, whose given name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, had recently turned 21 years old. He was also a rising star, winning Top New Artist at the 2019 Billboard Awards. But Higgins also struggled with addiction, a struggle he spoke about openly on social media.
We don’t know much about what happened on that flight, but details are slowly emerging. TMZ has obtained a series of videos from other passengers on Juice Wrld’s private jet that show him happy and in high spirits during the flight.
But statements collected by law enforcement also reveal that Juice Wrld had taken several “unknown pills” at some point during the flight. At the moment, those pills are being connected to the seizure that ended up costing Juice Wrld his life.
As federal authorities were conducting their investigation at Midway airport, they began searching the luggage on board the private jet. A photograph obtained by TMZ of the private jet terminal at Midway shows a number of suitcases strewn across the floor. Several bags of vacuum-packed cannabis are clearly visible in the photo. Law enforcement say they confiscated 70 pounds of marijuana in total, allegedly from Juice Wrld’s jet.
So far, no one has been charged in connection with the 70 pounds of cannabis found on Juice Wrld’s private jet. But police arrested two people on that flight, Chris Long and Henry Dean, for possession of handguns. Police say they seized three guns from the cabin of the jet. Dean was released on his own recognizance, and Long is out on a $1,500 bond.
Juice Wrld’s Death Shocks Music Industry
The music industry is still reeling from the news of Juice Wrld’s untimely death at age 21. It’s impossible not to think of the lyrics to Juice’s song “Legends,” a track about the deaths of Lil Peep and XXXTentacion. In that song, Juice asks, “What’s the 27 club,” referring to the many popular musicians, artists and actors who died at age 27. “We ain’t making it past 21.”
Juice Wrld was still conscious when Chicago Fire rescue crews transported him to a nearby hospital. But authorities say he was suffering from a severe seizure and bleeding from the mouth when they arrived on the scene. Still, the cause of Juice Wrld’s death is unclear at this time.
Thanks to his hit songs “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls Are the Same,” Interscope Records signed Juice Wrld to a multi-million dollar contract. He turned 21 on December 2 this year.