Cause of death for rapper Jarad Higgins, aka Juice Wrld, 21, was a fatal ‘opioid overdose’ police announced Monday
Chicago cops searched his private jet and found 70 lbs of marijuana, hand guns and armor-piercing bullets
Officers and feds had been waiting inside the Atlantic Aviation hangar for the 21-year-old’s jet to arrive at from Los Angeles at 1:30am on Sunday morning
As officers began sifting through a number of the suitcases on board, Wrld began ‘convulsing [and] going into a seizure’
An agent reportedly administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment used when an opioid overdose is suspected
Members of Higgins’ entourage said the star had taken ‘several unknown pills’ moments before falling ill
A search of luggage aboard the jet yielded 70 pounds marijuana in 41 ‘vacuum-sealed’ bags and six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup
Investigators also found three handguns, and a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets aboard
Higgins’ two security guards were arrested at the scene for firearms possession, but no drug charges have been filed
Police and federal agents had been waiting inside the Atlantic Aviation hangar for Higgins’ flight to arrive from Los Angeles at 1:30am yesterday morning, following suspicions the musician was in possession of contraband, the Chicago Tribune reported.
As law enforcement officers began sifting through his and his entourage’s suitcases, the 21-year-old up and coming star began ‘convulsing [and] going into a seizure’, law enforcement sources revealed.
An agent reportedly administered Higgins two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment used when an opioid overdose is suspected.
Higgins eventually woke up but was incoherent and bleeding from the mouth, police said.
He’s understood to have been conscious when he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn but was pronounced dead just an hour later.
According to law enforcement, members of Higgins’ entourage said therapper had taken ‘several unknown pills’ moments before falling ill.
A search of luggage aboard the jet yielded 41 ‘vacuum-sealed’ bags – or 70 pounds – of marijuana and six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, which contains opioids.
Investigators also confirmed that two 9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets were also found.
One of the rapper’s friends told TMZ that Higgins suffered from a Percocet ‘problem’ and would regularly consume the highly-addictive opioid, which can have fatal side-effects when mixed with alcohol or other substances.
Juice Wrld, seen [right] aboard the private jet, is said to have suffered from a Percocet ‘problem’ and had taken ‘several unknown pills’ moments before falling ill and convulsing
An autopsy is slated to be carried out by the Cook County Medical examiner later Monday.
The rapper had been with around 10 or 12 people at the time of the fatal seizure, including his girlfriend Ally Lotti and his two security guards, Henry Dean, 27, of Chicago, and Christopher Long, 36, of California.
Both Long and Dean were arrested by the Chicago Police Department at the airport after they were found to be in possession of the three guns found in the search, in addition to a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets.
Two 9mm pistols and the high-capacity magazine were taken from Dean, police said. A .40-caliber pistol was suspected to be the property of Long.
Dean was charged with carrying a concealed firearm at an airport and possessing a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets, police said. He had a permit to carry a gun in Illinois, but weapons are banned from being carried in airports.
Long, meanwhile, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. They are both due in court later this month.
No drug charges have yet been filed against any of the people on board the flight.
The marijuana and codeine was found in suitcases that didn’t have name tags on them and an investigation remains ongoing, police said.
Chicago police say they were notified by federal agents while the plane was in the air that ‘weapons and narcotics’ were suspected to be on board the twin-engine Gulfstream jet.
Higgins and his entourage were intercepted by the police department and FBI officials as they entered the lobby of the hangar.
The rapper had been with around 10 or 12 people at the time of seizure, including girlfriend Ally Lotti, other associates, aircraft staff and two security guards, Henry Dean, 27, of Chicago, and Christopher Long, 36, who was arrested on gun possession charges.
Christopher Long, [photo], who was arrested on gun possession charges was among the 12 people with Juice Wurld when he died of an OD
According to a Tribune report, a drug-sniffing dog made a ‘positive alert’ for bags on two luggage carts where the marijuana and codeine was later discovered.
Dean then declared to police that he was carrying the two pistols in addition to the high-capacity magazine.
The third gun, believed to be Long’s, was found in a camera case along with personal items of his, though he denied ownership of the weapon.
It was at this time that Higgins began convulsing, officers say.
Police asked Lotti if he had any known medical issues or had taken any drugs.
Lotti told police her boyfriend didn’t suffer from any medical ailments but that he regularly takes Percocet and ‘has a drug problem’.
In June, Higgins publicly vowed to Lotti on Twitter that he would finally stop taking the painkiller codeine.
‘Bae I’m sorry I be tweaking, you’ve put up with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, f**k Codeine I’m done,’ he wrote in the post. ‘I love you and im letting it be known publicly that ain’t s**t f***ing up the real love I found. Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome.’
Under his stage named Juice Wrld, Higgins enjoyed hits with Lucid Dreams in 2018 and All Girls Are the Same.
In his song Legends he rapped: ‘What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21. I been going through paranoia.’
Juice Wrld filmed on private jet in Chicago moments before he died.
His Juice Wrld stage name was said to have been inspired by the 1992 film, Juice, starring Tupac Shakur, he also featured on Travis Scott’s AstroWorld album.
No drug charges have been pressed as the marijuana and codeine were found in suitcases that didn’t have name tags on them
The rapper had only turned 21 just last week, just days before his death of an opioid over dose Sunday at a Chicago area hospital
She last tweeted on December 6, writing: ‘you r enough’ and ‘where is your mind’.
Following the news of his death fellow rapper Killy tweeted Sunday morning: ‘Rest In Peace Juice Wrld.’
Juice Wrld’s stage name was said to have been inspired by the 1992 film, Juice, starring Tupac Shakur. The rapper had only turned 21 just last weekFans also paid tribute, calling him a ‘legend’ and ‘one of the most talented and influential artists of the generation’.
Juice Wrld’s stage name was said to have been inspired by the 1992 film, Juice, starring Tupac Shakur.
Following the news of his death fans and celebrities paid tribute online, calling him a ‘legend