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Chicago rapper Juice WRLD dies at 21

Rising Chicago-area rapper Jarad Anthony Higgins, recognized by his stage identify Juice WRLD, died Sunday morning, the Cook dinner County Medical Examiner’s Workplace confirmed to NBC Information.

Higgins hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart earlier this 12 months with this studio album “Loss of life Race for Love.” The 21-year-old artist was signed to Interscope Information and was thought-about on the forefront of the emo rap scene.

The reason for loss of life is unknown. Police say Higgins “suffered a medical emergency” early Sunday morning whereas at Halfway Airport in Chicago, NBC Chicago experiences.

TMZ reported Higgins had a seizure after a flight from California, though this has not been independently verified by NBC Information.

The Chicago-area native launched a collaborative album in 2018 with Future earlier than releasing his debut report entitled “Goodbye & Good Riddance.”

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The album title started trending on Twitter shortly after TMZ first reported the information of his loss of life.

Higgins as soon as rapped concerning the quick lives of artists in his single “Legends,” the place he mentioned he did not need to be generally known as a legend as a result of “all of the legends appear to die out.”

“We carry on dropping our legends to the merciless chilly world,” the lyrics mentioned. “What’s it coming to?”

One other lyric from the music, “What is the 27 Membership? We ain’t making it previous 21,” additionally made the rounds on social media as followers mourned.

Higgins grew up within the Calumet Park neighborhood of Cook dinner County studying totally different devices, together with piano and guitar, earlier than turning to freestyle rap in highschool, in accordance with his YouTube biography. His work was featured on the “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” film soundtrack and the BTS: World cell recreation soundtrack.

Different artists comparable to Lil Yachty, Ellie Goulding and Kelhani expressed disappointment on the loss and memorialized the Higgins in social media posts Sunday. Goulding, who labored with Higgins on her music “Hate Me,” wrote on Twitter that Higgins was “such a candy soul.”

“I’ll all the time bear in mind assembly you and your loved ones on the video set and considering how shut you have been,” Goulding mentioned. “You had a lot additional to go, you have been simply getting began. You’ll be missed Juice.”

Producer and famed DJ Zedd, who can also be signed to Interscope Information, tweeted that he was shocked to see the information of Higgins’ loss of life.

“A reminder that life could be over any second… be type to 1 one other,” he wrote.

CORRECTION (Dec. 8, 2019, 3:55 p.m. ET) : An earlier model of this text misidentified the creator of condolences posted to Twitter below the identify Ninja. It was written by Richard Tyler Blevins, knowledgeable American gamer, not Watkin Tudor Jones, a South African rapper. The condolences have been eliminated.

Image: Doha MadaniDoha Madani

Doha Madani is a breaking information reporter for NBC Information. 

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