The world lost another brilliant hip-hop artist today.
A week after he celebrated his 21st birthday, rising rapper Juice Wrld died after suffering from a medical emergency in Chicago on Sunday morning local time.
His cause of death is yet to be determined but as per TMZ, the rapper landed at the Chicago's Midway Airport before he began bleeding from his mouth after he experienced a sudden seizure.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the rapper was still conscious when he was rushed at the nearby hospital but pronounced dead after a few minutes.
Interscope Records, Juice Wrld's label, took to Twitter to announce their artist's untimely death. They recognized the contributions he offered in the music industry in such a short period and remembered how gentle he was both as a person and as an artist.
"He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being, and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else," Interscope Records continued.
His brief career follows the death of his fellow rappers Nipsey Hussle (who died on March 2019 after obtaining multiple gunshots), Mac Miller (who passed away in September 2018 due to drug overdose), Lil Peep (who also succumbed to drug overdose in November 2017), and XXXtentacion (who died in June 2018).
Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time. He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. pic.twitter.com/DsVNGNaMZK — Interscope Records (@Interscope) December 8, 2019
Juice Wrld's World in The Music Industry
In 2018, Jarad Higgins stepped into the spotlight and went by the name Juice Wrld with his first hit single "Lucid Dreams."
The debut song ranked second on the U.S. Billboard singles chart and became Juice Wrld's first song to immediately hit the Billboard. Moreover, it became the most played song on SoundCloud in 2018, pushing the rapper to be the most streamed artist on the said platform.
Juice Wrld released "All Girls Are The Same" next and received the same SoundCloud recognition for being a hit song.
After his immediate success, Juice Wrld signed with Interscope Records where he continued to make emo and trap music. He even became the cover story of Billboard magazine in March 2018.
In addition, Billboard Music Awards named Juice Wrld as the Top New Artist in May 2019.
He Suffered From Depression, Too
In an interview with NME this year, Juice Wrld admitted that drugs "can be fun" but he also knew his impact as a then-20-year-old artist. Despite his mother's attempt to keep him away from the streets, he still got into problematic drug use.
"Everyone knows someone who does stuff that isn't healthy for them. But imagine how much of a fuck you don't give to do that, to drink that, to pop that," he said.
Despite his openness on Twitter and in past interviews about his depression that led him to drug use, Juice Wrld still turned it into something that he believed would inspire his fans.
For Juice Wrld, expressing what he felt through music made him a real man and not running from it made him "one of the realest people" on Earth.
"I don't just [make emotional music] for myself. I do it to help other people through their situations. I guess I supposedly save lives. People tell me all the time that I save their lives. All the time, brother," he said.