Hailey Reyes, Section Editor

The day of December 8, 2019, left many people all around the world with a heavy heart. American rapper, Jarad Anthony Higgins, famously known as Juice Wrld, passed away at the young age of 21. Sadly, he passed away only six days after turning 21. Jarad Higgins collapsed at Midway International Airport and unfortunately died due to a drug-induced seizure. He was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Before he even finished high school, Higgins developed himself as an artist on the popular music platform, Sound Cloud. After the release of his song “All girls are the same” took off, he was signed to Interscope Records at the age of 19. His profile began to rise after the release of his song “Lucid Dreams” which had also hit as #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Many celebrities have paid Tribute to Juice Wrld on social media such as Ski Mask, Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Mosey, Chance the Rapper, Snoop Dogg and many more.

Ski Mask knew Juice Wrld personally, posted via Instagram, “I Love You So Much, You Didn’t Deserve This, I Can’t Explain How Much It Hurts To Lose You”. Lil Mosey, one of Juice Wrld’s closest friends, also spoke out and said, “This hits me hard, too many of my brothers have passed away drugs need to stop juice thank you for bringing me on tour giving me the opportunity to continue my dream. Rest in paradise family” via Instagram. Many were shocked to find out that this young artist had died at a point in which his career had just begun to take off. There was also word that before his passing, both Ski Mask and Juice Wrld, were talking about going on tour together.

Drugs are a part of the American rapper lifestyle and has taken the lives of several music artists. In society, drugs seem to be a way for people to escape reality, but what people don’t realize is that drugs will eventually kill them. The year 2019 took many young lives too soon who had a bright future ahead of them and sadly Juice Wrld was one of them. His music will live on through his fans, family and friends.

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