Juice WRLD's Official Cause Of Death Revealed

By Emily Lee

January 22, 2020

2019 Rolling Loud Music Festival

Almost two months after Juice WRLD's tragic passing, his official cause of death has finally been revealed. The 21-year-old rapped passed away from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, according to a statement released by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

“The Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause and manner of death of 21-year-old Jarad A. Higgins,” the statement reads. “Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. The manner of death is accident.”

Juice WRLD passed away on December 8, 2019 after suffering an apparent seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport. Cook County Medical Examiner's office pronounced the "Lucid Dreams" rapper dead at 3:14a.m., however, they could not reveal what caused the fatal seizure at the time. Their statement following his passing informed the public that “additional studies are required to establish the cause and manner of death. The cause and manner of death are pending at this time.”

Following Juice WRLD's death, TMZ reported the rapper's private jet had been carrying 70 lbs of marijuana and a bottle of codeine cough syrup. Friends of Juice WRLD spoke to the outlet, as well, revealing he "repeatedly took the drug Percocet" and was seen taking pills shortly before his seizure.

Though his cause of death still had not been confirmed, Juice WRLD's mother, Carmella Wallace, released an emotional statement via TMZ on December 12 that addressed the perils of addiction. "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," she said.

"Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction," Juice's mother continued. "We hope the conversations he started in his music and his legacy will help others win their battles as that is what he wanted more than anything."

Rest in peace, Juice WRLD.

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