By Sam Hetrick, Design Editor
On Dec. 8, Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Jarad Anthony Higgins, known professionally as Juice WRLD, passed away at the age of 21. Higgins was born in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 2, 1998, and was best known for his two hit singles, “Lucid Dreams,” and “All Girls Are the Same.”
Juice WRLD suffered from a seizure/overdose at Chicago’s Midway Airport, just one week after his 21st birthday. He was reported to have swallowed “several unknown pills” after finding out the FBI and authorities were waiting at the airport for him and his crew. The pilot of the jet issued to officials that Juice WRLD and his crew had weapons and drugs aboard the plane.
Once Higgins’ aircraft was vacated, authorities found 41 “vacuum-sealed” bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9mm pistols, a .40 caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets. Two men claiming they were police working for Higgins were charged with misdemeanor offenses for illegally possessing weapons and ammunition.
Soon after Juice WLRD was pronounced dead, many celebrities such as Lil Nas X, Travis Scott, and Ellie Goulding posted their condolences and comments on the matter. Goulding, who collaborated with Higgins on the hit single, “Hate Me,” wrote on Twitter, “I can’t believe it…you were such a sweet soul…” she said.
Senior Chloe Luchansky said, “It’s really sad that someone that young died. I think it should draw attention to people who take drugs.” Sophomore Mollie Przybrowski was saddened by Higgins’ death. “He had amazing music. His death was the saddest thing to happen in the music industry.” Freshman Hayley Moore felt the impact too: “His songs were powerful. It was quite shocking.”
Journalism Adviser, Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School