The fallout from the sudden death of rapper Juice WRLD is already beginning, with the arrest of two of his bodyguards, along with the onset of an investigation by Homeland Security.
Early Sunday morning, the Chicago Fire Department found Juice Wrld, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, in cardiac arrest on his private jet at Midway International Airport. He later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
According to WGN-TV, authorities have since arrested two men from his entourage — Chris Long and Henry Dean — who were acting as the rapper’s bodyguards, on misdemeanor weapons charges. They charged one man with two counts of carrying a concealed weapon at an airport as well as for possessing both high-capacity magazines and metal-piercing bullets, and they charged the other with unlawful use of a weapon.
However, both men were apparently licensed to carry the weapons, and they have subsequently been released.
While the exact cause of the rapper’s death has yet to be officially determined, sometime today the city will perform an autopsy of him, which may shed light on the cause as well as other details of his death.
Another report has indicated that not only was the rapper popping pills prior to his death, but that authorities have since found 70 pounds of marijuana on his plane.
According to TMZ, members of the rapper’s entourage told police that he had been taking the pills just before he convulsed and went into seizure. One member of the entourage further told the police that the rapper had an ongoing substance abuse issue relating to Percocet, which is a common and very dangerous opioid.
The police then searched the plane, and they found the marijuana stashed on several suitcases onboard, which was later confiscated by the FBI. The police also found a bottle of codeine cough syrup.