Juice WRLD, one of a harvest of sweet-voiced singing rappers who appeared from the streaming platform SoundCloud in recent years, died on Sunday, the authorities stated. He was 21.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois verified the death in a statement.
Identifying the artist by his real name, it said Jarad A. Higgins, of Homewood, Ill., had been pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. The cause of death was not available and an autopsy was to be completed, the office stated. TMZ later confirmed that Juice WRLD died after sustaining a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport early Sunday morning.
The rapper’s distinctive, memorable songs — which were frequently freestyled in only a few takes — coupled the melodic hip-hop instincts of Lil Yachty, Post Malone and XXXTentacion with the heavy-hearted melancholy and nasal hooks of emo and pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco.
“I’ve always been different,” he told The New York Times last year. “I used to try to hide it a little bit, but now I have a platform for being different.”
In another interview with The Times, he discussed his affinity for morbidity shrouded in sugary hooks. “I talk about stuff like that because those are subjects that people are a) too scared to touch on, or b) don’t do it the right way where people can learn from your mistakes,” he stated. “I cherish every mini-second of this life.”