On December 8, six days after his 21st birthday, rapper and singer Juice WRLD suffered an unknown medical emergency shortly after landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport, and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Born Jarad Anthony Higgins, the Chicago rapper was known for his hit “Lucid Dreams” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the biggest streaming hits of 2018. He collaborated with Travis Scott on Astroworld, contributed to the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack, and collaborated with BTS’s RM and Suga. Juice WRLD wasn’t just rising, he was skyrocketing. His untimely death has shaken music fans everywhere, but the details that have been revealed since are even more baffling. After federal agents revealed they were searching his plane for contraband, sources are suggesting Juice WRLD took “several” Percocet pills to hide them from authorities, leading to his emergency. Here’s what we actually know about Juice WRLD’s sudden death.

When did Juice WRLD die?
Juice WRLD was pronounced dead at around 3:15 a.m. on December 8 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He had been transferred from Chicago Midway International Airport after suffering from a “medical emergency” upon landing in Chicago from California.

How did Juice WRLD die?
Juice WRLD’s official cause of death has not been determined, as additional additional toxicology, cardiac pathology, and neuropathology tests were required following an initial autopsy on Monday. His “medical emergency” has been described as a seizure and a heart attack, although neither have been confirmed as of press time. According to the Chicago Police, Juice WRLD went into convulsions as federal agents searched the private jet he arrived in. A federal agent administered the opioid antidote Narcan. Juice WRLD woke up incoherent briefly and TMZ reported that paramedics spent 40 minutes treating the rapper, attempting to steady his heartbeat.

Did Juice WRLD overdose?
TMZ’s law-enforcement sources allege that Juice WRLD swallowed multiple Percocet pills in order to hide them from federal agents. One of the rapper’s associates told local law enforcement that Juice WRLD took “several unknown pills” before his medical emergency, adding that the 21-year-old had allegedly recently become addicted to Percocet. Juice WRLD has been open with his struggles with drug addiction. In July, he tweeted that he would stop abusing codeine for his girlfriend’s sake. Currently, whether or not Juice WRLD overdosed is unknown.

Why were the feds searching Juice WRLD?
Federal agents and officers were waiting for Juice WRLD’s private plane to arrive at the Chicago airport “because they suspected” that they would find contraband material. According to TMZ, the pilot had alerted authorities because members of Juice WRLD’s entourage had guns on them. Over 70 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana, “six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullet” were found on the plane. The Chicago PD has taken over the marijuana investigation and no charges have been filed as of press time. Two of his bodyguards were arrested for gun possession, but one was released without bail and the other posted bond. TMZ also reported that Juice WRLD was initially searched by federal agents while leaving the country for Australia from Los Angeles on November 18. It’s unclear if anything was found, but Juice WRLD and his entourage were allowed to make the journey.

This post is being updated as new details emerge.

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