Six weeks after rapper Juice WRLD died after having a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport, the Cook County Medical Examiner has revealed his cause of death. The toxicology report determined that the 21-year-old died from an accidental overdose of Oxycodone and Codeine.
Juice WRLD – whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins – passed away on December 8th. After suffering a seizure at the airport, he was reportedly conscious while he was being transported to a local Chicago hospital. However, he died shortly after arrival.
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
“The Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause and manner of death of 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins,” the medical examiner’s office said in a statement. “Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. The manner of death is accident.”
According to People magazine, Higgins was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. on December 8th at Advocate Christ Medical Center. An autopsy was performed on the rapper, and in a statement that the Medical Examiner’s office released the day after Higgins died, they said they needed “additional studies” to determine his cause and manner of death.
Juice WRLD turned 21 on December 2nd, just days before his passing. And, in his last Instagram post, he said that he was planning to celebrate “all week.” After his death, TMZ reported that the rapper’s private jet was carrying 70 pounds of marijuana and a bottle of codeine cough syrup.
Higgins’ friends also revealed that the late rapper often took Percocets, and they noticed he took pills just before his seizure. His mother, Carmella Wallace, said in a statement ahead of her son’s funeral on December 13th that Higgins did have a problem with prescription drugs.
“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,” said Wallace.
She added that addiction knows no boundaries, and its impact goes beyond the person who is fighting it. Wallace described Juice WRLD as a son, brother, grandson, friend, and so much more, and there were many people in his life who wanted more than anything for him to defeat his addiction.
Wallace also explained that her son’s frequent references to drug use in his songs was his way of letting others know they weren’t alone. Wallace hopes the conversations Juice WRLD started in his music and his legacy will help others win their own battles because that’s what he wanted more than anything.