Juice Wrld, a young rapper from the Chicago area who recently signed with a major label, died Sunday morning after suffering from a seizure at a private hangar at Midway Airport, authorities said. The rapper, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, was walking through the airport on Sunday morning when the seizure occurred when first reported.
Paramedics were called to the hangar operated by Atlantis Air shortly after 2 a.m., according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jarad Higgins, apparently had arrived at Midway on a private jet.
Higgins was taken to Christ Medical Center and pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The cause of death is not known at this time.
In 2018, the rapper released “Legends,” a song written in memoriam to rappers XXXTentacion and Lil Peep, who died at 20 and 21, respectively. Juice Wrld notes in the song, “What’s the ’27 Club’? We ain’t making it past 21.” The rapper turned 21 on Monday.
The rapper rose to fame in 2018 with his debut album, “Goodbye and Good Riddance,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The album featured a collaboration with Philadelphia rapper Lil’ Uzi Vert on the track “Wasted.” The artist’s fame continued to grow in 2019 with his No. 2 hit, “Lucid Dreams,” and his second album, “Death Race for Love,” which hit the No. 1 spot after its release in March.