Juice WRLD Died From a Massive Oxycodone and Codeine Overdose, Autopsy Reveals

Juice WLRD after inking a major deal with BMG.
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Juice WLRD after inking a major deal with BMG.
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Better Days: Juice WLRD after inking a major deal with BMG in 2019.

Juice WRLD, aka Jarad Higgins, died from a massive overdose of oxycodone and codeine, according to an autopsy report from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The rapper stuffed a large quantity of pills and other drugs down his throat during an FBI raid.

Juice WRLD died suddenly on December 8th on the tarmac of Chicago’s Midway Airport in his private jet. Federal law enforcement officials from the FBI and FAA raided the jet after a tip from the pilot of the plane.

In a panic, Juice WRLD, aka Jarad Higgins, ingested a massive amount of pills and other drugs to hide them from the authorities. Initially, the raid targeted members of Higgins’ security detail, who were reportedly carrying guns. A massive amount of marijuana was also found on the plane.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the cause of death in a statement shared earlier today.

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

Whether Juice WRLD’s death is properly viewed as an ‘accident’ is debatable.  The rapper knowingly ingested a massive stash of drugs, which is completely different than a truly accidental death.

The situation leading up to Juice WRLD’s death started when the rapper’s plane was en route to Chicago.  It was then that the plane’s pilot noticed that some of the people on the flight were carrying weapons, and he notified the FAA. Because of this, the plane was met on the ground by both FAA and FBI agents, who were there to search for both the guns and the people carrying them.

Whether a massive raid involving numerous federal agents was warranted is a question worth asking. Juice WRLD’s bodyguards were armed for a reason, and they ended up getting charged with various misdemeanors. While Higgins shouldn’t have consumed such a large amount of drugs, it’s not a complete stretch to blame the death on a massive, expensive law enforcement raid that was ultimately unnecessary.

Meanwhile, surviving family members are now battling a $15 million copyright infringement lawsuit from members of the early-2000s band Yellowcard.

The ’emo-screamo’ band alleges that Juice WRLD’s smash hit, ‘Lucid Dreams,’ copied Yellowcard’s “Holly Wood Died.” The lawsuit was filed prior to the rapper’s shocking death, though the band decided to continue with the action. Proceedings will continue in February; so far, no members of Juice WRLD’s family have responded to the legal complaint.



14 Responses

  1. Bob

    Accidental overdose? More like intentional overdose. Did he somehow swallow handfuls of pills accidentally? Under what circumstances could that happen? This is typical of the rap culture. Drugs or bullets.

  2. Brenda

    Clearly the police search was warranted. Large amounts of illegal drugs and illegal weapons found. “Body guards armed for a reason”? What reason? To guard illegal drugs by use of illegal weapons? Gee, can I arm myself with illegal weapons too for my own reasons that I believe are legitimate? People aren’t allowed to run around with an illegally armed posse no matter who they think they are. Trying to blame police for his overdose doesn’t play either. Nobody forced him to shove massive amounts of drugs down his throat. If he was an upstanding, law abiding citizen nothing would have happened during the search, would it? Live the dirty culture, die by it I always say. The only way you could possibly say the search wasn’t necessary is because the guy who could be charged is dead…

  3. Sam

    The pilots noticed guns and called the FAA as they are required to do. Airplanes are under Federal jurisdiction folks. Marijuana is a federally illegal drug. Having prescription drugs that aren’t yours is illegal too. Having prohibited types of firearms and ammo is also illegal. Don’t blame agents and police for doing their jobs. Keeping the airways and public safe. The laws are there for a reason. Law enforcement was there for a reason. Good thing they were too. Look at the illegality they cleaned up. If dude had his own personal plane and flew it himself, he might have got away with it, but FYI, that’s called “smuggling” and is also illegal.

  4. Angelito

    Blame the death on law enforcement, Paul? That is disgusting. You are disgusting for writing that.

    They had weapons, tons of opioids, massive pot, and god knows what on that plane. And it is law enforcement’s fault?

    I hope you need a cop someday and they take their time helping you. I bet your hate-the-cops attitude will forever change.


  5. Nathan

    More targeting of black people.

    The bodyguards were LEGALLY armed. That’s what he’s saying. They got charged with some silly technical violations. They found a bag of weed. That’s IT.

    War on Drugs takes another life, a BLACK life.

  6. William

    No, the bodyguards were not LEGALLY armed. One had a permit, another did not. One of the weapons had an illegal capacity magazine and the ammo they had was illegal vest/armor piercing. And they found more than a bag of weed, much more. The “War on Drugs” did not take a life. A black guy took his own life by swallowing a bunch of drugs in an attempt to dispose of the evidence because he didn’t want to suffer consequences or take responsibility for his criminal actions when he got caught. Nobody was targeted because they were black. The pilots saw the guns not stored legally for flight on a chartered plane and reported it as required. And being black doesn’t get you a free pass when you commit crimes. Oh if only he could have simply followed the laws and not had guns and drugs, he might still be alive. But alas, the guns were seen and the drugs were swallowed

  7. Sarah

    Nathan, “silly technical violations”? Of law you mean? Meaning that the violations were not legal? In other words, the silly technical violations concerning the guns were illegal? In which case the bodyguards were, in fact, NOT legally armed????? Funny how “violations” of the law are “illegal”.

  8. Nathan

    These were misdemeanors, like going 70 in a 55. You don’t need a 9 person raid for that and a bag of pot which is also legal in many states now (please ask yourself how much money this costs taxpayers). Always remember: FAA and FCC want to get PAID (all about the Benjamins even if it means killing Black folks).

    • William

      So, only one cop was needed to go into a situation where it was known that there were multiple people with guns? Frankly, I don’t know of any police force that would do that to their officers. And although pot is legal in many states, it is not legal federally. Planes happen to be regulated federally, so transporting weed is illegal. There was more than “a bag of pot”. There was a lot of pot. And opioids. FAA, FCC and FBI employees are salaried. They don’t make any more money whether they arrest anyone during their shift or not. (I’m not sure what the FCC would have to do with this being that they regulate communications and not airports, drugs or guns). Also, nobody “killed any black folks”. A black guy killed himself by swallowing too many drugs.

    • Jen

      All I know is that I am glad the law enforcement officers are doing the job that tax payers are paying them to do. I don’t think my taxes will go down if they don’t do their jobs. If misdemeanors like going 70 in a 55 aren’t worth enforcing, why have speed limits and road signs? (There’s a process for changing laws and it’s not just ignoring them). I don’t believe for a second that officers get paid more for killing black folks! Good grief! And I certainly don’t want to be in an airport with a bunch of druggies toting guns.

  9. John

    There is no “reason” bodyguards need to be armed on a commercial privately chartered flight. Who was going to attack him on that flight? The guns should have been unloaded and in baggage stored in the lower luggage compartment away from the cabin. The reason for these rules should be obvious. We can’t have people privately chartering commercial flights, hijacking them and flying into buildings now, can we? None of this probably would have happened if they weren’t so arrogant as to think that laws don’t apply to them because they’re all rich and famous. Finding the drugs was just a by-product of the gun violations.

  10. Larry

    First off, you need to find an adjective other than “massive,” which is used 7 times in this article. Second, your suggestion that the police and FAA were somehow irresponsible for responding to the pilots doing their job by alerting them to firearms being on a plane against regulations is absolutely ridiculous. Those pilots, the FAA, and the police were all doing exactly what they’ve been properly trained to do and doing everything they should have done in these circumstances. This is a ridiculous article.

  11. Regular Joe

    If I understand the author of this article correctly, he is saying that the police forced the rapper to swallow a lethal amount of drugs because the caused him to panic while performing their duties by responding to a report of multiple people carrying weapons illegally on a commercial aircraft? And so, by this reasoning, he concludes that it is the fault of the police that this person died and they should have ignored the reported crime and potential for disaster to innocent citizens because the perpetrators were black?
    I think the author should have stayed in school and learned how to think more critically. But it’s not too late. Stop thinking like a lemming brainwashed by the progressive left with white guilt. Do some reading and research. Have some self respect. You still might be OK if you do.

  12. Russ

    I’d like to ask the author, how far should society let black privilege go? What laws are they allowed to break simply because they are black and at what point should laws be enforced? The “gangsta” persona may look popular, be in vogue and make money, but in reality in means being a criminal of one kind or another. Just exactly how “cool” is it to use drugs, sell drugs, “pimp out ho’s”, and get into armed confrontations? Do you really think armed thugs with drugs should be allowed on planes and left alone to pose a potentially serious threat because they are black? It looks to me that this guy’s commitment to “street cred” was only superficial. Otherwise he would have done some jail time at the hands of the “evil privileged white man” and come out a “legit gangsta” later. I have a new motto for these types, “Don’t be a fool trying to be cool, earning street cred gets you dead”.