Did 'Lucid Dreams' Rapper Juice Wrld Predict His Own Tragic Death At 21?

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Did Juice Wrld OD? His Death, Seizure, Addiction, TikTok Challenge, Link To John Lennon & What Agents Found On His Plane

It's almost never a complete surprise when a larger-than-life musical artist dies suddenly, but that doesn't make the death of Juice Wrld any less shocking or tragic.

The rapper, singer and songwriter, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, was only 21 years old when he joined the far too long list of musicians who've died far too young — including his peers Lil' Peep, Mac Miller and XXXTentacion — on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Did Juice Wrld OD? Did he have epilepsy? Did he predict his own death?

These questions began circling in fans' heartbroken minds after Juice Wrld collapsed In Chicago Midway Airport and passed away following an apparent seizure and what a Chicago Fire Department spokesman said appeared to be cardiac arrest.

Now it's been revealed that police and federal agents were already waiting for Juice and his entourage of an additional nine people, including girlfriend Ally Lotti, when their plane landed in Chicago around 1:30 a.m., and his seizures began as their belongings were being searched.

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Once his seizures began, police asked Lotti if he had any known medical issues or had taken drugs.

"She replied that Higgins did not have any medical conditions, but that he 'takes Percocet and has a drug problem,'" the Chicago Tribune reports, noting that percocet contains acetaminophen and oxycodone.

Despite an agent administering two doses of emergency treatment Narcan to counteract a suspected opioid overdose, Juice regained consciousness only briefly, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 3:14 a.m.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to conduct an autopsy today in order to determine his official cause.

Here are 6 tragic facts about how Juice Wrld died, his prophetic reference to John Lennon, drugs found on his plane, and more.

1. Initial reports said he was seen bleeding at the mouth

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Juice, who celebrated his 21st birthday on December 2, was seen bleeding from his mouth when paramedics arrived.

Among other conditions, this symptom could be the result of either an epileptic seizure or a drug overdose.

When someone overdoses on an opioid, for instance, they may experience a pulmonary edema, during which fluid leaks into the airspaces of the lung, causing foaming from the mouth. Additionally, they may aspirate, meaning the "body's natural gag response is suppressed or eliminated by the opioid's effects on the respiratory control center of the brain," causing fluid to leak out of the mouth. This fluid is not necessarily blood, but could certainly have appeared so observers.

During a grand mal seizure cause by epilepsy, the sufferer may also aspirate and foam at the mouth. Additionally, it is common for someone having this type of seizure to bite their own tongue, therefore bleed from their mouth.

In this video taken during the flight from Van Nuys airport to Chicago, Juice can be seen looking alert and in good spirits. If you look closely, however, it does appear as though one passenger might be holding a bottle of lean.

2. Just this summer he, spoke out about the danger of addiction and promised to quit drugs for girlfriend Ally Lotti

On July 8, 2019, Juice admitted to struggling with addictions on Twitter, vowing to do his best to stay clean.

"Bae I’m sorry I be tweaking," he wrote to Instagram influencer Lotti, 27, on Twitter, "you’ve put up with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, f— Codeine I’m done. I love you and im letting it be known publicly that ain’t sh— f—ing up the real love I found. Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome."

Lotti, who was with him at the time of his death, shared video of the two boarding the private plane in an Instagram story on December 7.

Ally Lotti on Instagram

Just three days ago, Lotti touchingly captioned a photo of her with Juice, "trust you w my life."

And on his birthday last week, she shared with both Juice and the world how proud of him she was.

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3. He seems to have predicted the timing of his own death

Just weeks before that public statement about substance abuse — and one day after XXXTentacion, 20, was shot dead in Deerfield Beach, FL — Juice released the song "Legends" on new EP "Too Soon" as a tribute both to XXX and Lil' Peep, who died in November 2017. Like Juice, Peep was 21.

The lyrics of that song contain what now seems to have been a harrowing prediction:

"What's the 27 Clu-u-u-ub? We ain't making it past 21 ...
They tell me I'ma be a legend
I don't want that title now
'Cause all the legends seem to die out
What the f— is this 'bout?"

4. His hit "Lucid Dreams" became a viral TikTok challenge that also eerily predicted the manner of his death

Users of the video sharing platform spent a decent amount of 2019 one-upping each other as part of the #LucidDreamsChallenge.

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As of this morning, TikTok showed approximately 2.5 million views of the short video clips associated with that hashtag in which users would fake seizures with his 2018 single in the background, complete with artificially induced foaming at the mouth.

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5. Juice Wrld's death also has a chilling connection to yet another legend — John Lennon

The Beatles' John Lennon was assassinated in the Dakota, his New York residence, on December 8, 1980 — exactly 39 years to the exact day Juice Wrld died in Chicago.

This would be notable enough in itself, but again, his own words bare mentioning.

In the lyrics of his 2017 single "All Girls Are The Same," Juice wrote:

"Who am I kiddin'?
All this jealousy and agony that I sit in
I'm a jealous boy, really feel like John Lennon
I just want real love, guess it's been a minute
Pissed off from the way that I don't fit in, I don't fit in
Tell me what's the secret to love, I don't get it
Feel like I be runnin' a race I'm not winnin'
Ran into the devil today, and she grinnin'"

6. Authorities found illegal drugs and firearms onboard the plane

After a drug-sniffing dog signaled a “positive alert” among bags that had been on Juice's plane, agents found a significant stash of illegal contraband, including the following:

  • 41 vacuum seal bags of marijuana (said to have weighted 70 lbs)
  • Six bottles of prescription strength codeine cough syrup
  • Two 9mm pistols
  • A .40-caliber pistol
  • A high-capacity ammunition magazine
  • Metal-piercing bullets

Juice's two guards, Chris Long and Henry Dean, were arrested on misdeanor charges. Long was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and Dean with carrying a concealed firearm at an airport and possessing a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets.

No further charges have been filed at this time.

Update December 9th, 1:06 p.m. EST: This article has been updated and expanded to include new information about the presence of police and federal agents at Midway Airport, what was found on the plane, and video footage from the flight shared on Twitter.

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