Rapper Juice Wrld was said to be in good spirits as he was on a private jet flying from Los Angeles to his hometown of Chicago.
He was reported to have been clowning around with his friends. The group arrived at Chicago’s Midway airport early Sunday morning where they got word police were waiting for them.
Juice apparently swallowed several Percocet pills prior to exiting the plane. While walking through the airport, he suffered a seizure.
He was still alive when the Chicago Fire took him to the hospital. Shortly after arriving at the Christ Medical Center, he was pronounced dead.
TMZ reports police also found 70 pounds of marijuana inside the luggage of Juice’s crew. Arrests were made when police found handguns which belonged to Juice’s bodyguards.
An empty bottle of codeine was also found on the plane. Juice WRLD was reportedly trying to kick a codeine habit, formed from drinking Lean, a popular and dangerous drink among the rap community.
The primary ingredient in lean is codeine. It is cut with soda or alcohol. It is also known as Purple Drank. He started using lean while in 6th grade. He openly spoke about his drug abuse over the years, which included Xanax and Percocet.
Codeine, if taken in large doses, can cause changes in blood pressure, an abnormal heart rhythm, severe breathing issues, hallucinations, and seizures.
There have been a number of rapper deaths resulting from the use of Purple Drank. Some of these rappers include DJ Screw, Big Moe, Pimp C, and Fredo Santana.
Other rappers, such as Lil Wayne, have been hospitalized for seizures, suggesting his use of the drink. Bow Wow recently reported he nearly died from his addiction to lean.
Rapper T.I. was a guest on Dax Sheppard’s podcast Armchair Expert, an episode released on December 9, 2019, where he stated, “I think the only opioid I had a positive experience on was lean. It’s liquid Percoset basically.”
In 2016, Macklemore came forward to publicize his drug addiction. He met with President Obama, who claims America is experiencing a drug epidemic.
Juice, who turned 21 on December 2, was a rising rapper after his massive hit “Lucid Dreams.” His second studio album, Death Race for Love, rose to Number 1 on the Billboard charts.
His record label released a statement saying that the rapper made a profound impact in his short period of time. They stated that he was a gentle soul, an exceptional human being. He loved and cared for his many fans.