Disturbing Details Discovered In Juice Wrld's Autopsy Report

Legendary late rapper Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, planned to celebrate his 21st birthday on his trip home to Chicago on December 8, 2019. But his homecoming quickly turned into a tragedy. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, Juice died of an accidental overdose (via NPR). He had taken both codeine and oxycodone, and this combination in the amount he took proved to be fatal.

Higgins had arrived in Chicago on a private plane, which was met by law enforcement officers. They had received a tip that guns and drugs were on board the plane, and they searched the plane (via The New York Times). During this search, Higgins went into convulsions. He was given Narcan, a medication designed to help those overdosing on opioids, but it wasn't enough to save him. Juice was transported to a local hospital where he died around 3 a.m.

The search of Higgins' plane turned up three firearms, six bottles of liquid codeine cough syrup, and 70 pounds of marijuana in 41 vacuum-sealed bags. Two men traveling with Juice were charged for illegal weapon and ammunition possession.

Juice WRLD's life cut short by overdose

Higgins first rose to fame on Soundcloud with his 2017 EP "JuiceWRLD 9 9 9," and then landed a deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19 years old. He hit the Billboard music charts with the 2018 song "Lucid Dreams," and earned Billboard's Top New Artist award in 2019 (via WLS-TV).

Despite his success, Higgins faced personal challenges. He had been open about his struggles with substance abuse, telling The New York Times that "I smoke weed, and every now and then I slip up and do something that's poor judgment." Higgins also wrestled with some mental health issues, such as depression (via Vulture). His mother, Carmela Wallace, spoke out about her son in 2020, telling WLS-TV that "I said, 'if you have anxiety, then you need to get medicated properly for it instead of medicating yourself." Wallace went on to explain that "I told him my biggest fear was him overdosing on the stuff."

Wallace established Live Free 999 to honor her late son. The foundation focuses on supporting organizations that work in the fields of mental health and addiction. "I hope it's what he wanted, was a legacy of healing. To let people know that you don't have to suffer alone." Wallace said.