Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Rapper Juice WRLD died from oxycodone and codeine overdose, medical examiner says

Rapper Juice WRLD died from oxycodone and codeine overdose, medical examiner says

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office announced that Juice WRLD overdosed on a combination of codeine and oxycodone.

Those traveling with the rapper described what appeared to be "some type of medical emergency" to investigators, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed to ABC News. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital he died shortly afterward.

Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity.

One of his songs, Legends, was dedicated to 20-year-old XXXTentacion and 21-year-old Lil Peep - who died in 2018 and 2017 - and contained the lyrics "all the legends seem to die out".

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The medical examiner's announcement several weeks after the 21-year-old rapper, whose given name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, went into convulsions at Midway International Airport on December 8 after he and his entourage arrived on a private plane.

"The Medical Examiner's Office has determined the cause and manner of death of 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins".

At the young age of 21, Chicago rapper Juice WRLD passed away after suffering a seizure at the Midway Airport in his hometown. And, in his last Instagram post, he said that he was planning to celebrate "all week".

Deaths of other music artists in the USA have also been linked to opioids. No oxycodone was found on the plane, though his girlfriend told police at the scene that he had taken Percocet, a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen.

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