Chicago-native rapper Juice WRLD passed away unexpectedly December 8, 2019, just six days after his 21st birthday. Fans on all platforms of social media are expressing sorrow and pain for the young artist gone too soon. He leaves behind two mixtapes, RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, plenty of singles and of course, his beloved mother and girlfriend: Carmella Wallace and Ally Lotti. In an Instagram post from just ten weeks ago, Juice WRLD declares, “The two most beautiful important women in my life 🖤 KILLING AND DYING FOR YALL. Angels on earth exist I know it” alongside a black and white video of his mom and girlfriend on either side of him. The trio looks blissful and content.
Juice WRLD’s impact on pop culture was unprecedented. His first hit, “Lucid Dreams” debuted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100s when it was first released in September of 2018. A month later, the sleepy punk-rap single ascended to number 9, cementing the then 19-year-old’s place in hip-hop. Proving he was not a “one-hit-wonder”, Juice WRLD chased his new success with hits like “All Girls Are the Same”, “Robbery”, “Lean Wit Me”. his second studio album, Death Race For Love earned him his first number-one album slot on the Billboard chart. With streams up 573% after his death, Juice WRLD’s melodic beats and soulful lyrics are sure to live on and carry his legacy forever.
Juice WRLD dealt with and often spoke out against Percocet and codeine abuse, which is rumored to be the cause of his death. Federal agents seized 70 pounds of marijuana, codeine, and fire-arms from the rapper’s entourage at the time of his death. The Billboard Music Award for Top Artist winner of 2019 suffered a seizure after his private jet touched down in Chicago’s Midway International Airport. It is alleged that the rapper swallowed multiple unknown pills in order to evade law enforcement. Much is unknown about Juice WRLD’s devastating death at this time, his mother has released an official statement via TMZ.
Juice Wrld’s mother Carmella Wallace says:
“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency. Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction. We hope the conversations he started in his music and his legacy will help others win their battles as that is what he wanted more than anything. We know that Jarad’s legacy of love, joy and emotional honesty will live on.”
Rest in Power Juice WRLD! Your music inspired millions, your legacy is permanent, and your absence is deeply felt.