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Juice Wrld’s family say they hope his death will convince others to seek treatment for addiction

By | Published on Friday 13 December 2019

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The family of rapper Juice Wrld – real name Jarad Higgins – who died at the weekend aged just 21, have said that they hope his death helps convince others to beat addiction. The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed, but he is thought to have been taking prescription pain medication Percocet shortly before he died.

“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short”, said his mother Carmella Wallace in a statement to TMZ. “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”, she continued. “We know that Jarad’s legacy of love, joy and emotional honesty will live on”.

Higgins had a seizure while luggage taken from a private jet he had been travelling on was being searched by the FBI on Sunday. He was treated for a suspected opioid overdose at the scene, but was pronounced dead later in hospital.

In that luggage FBI officials found a large quantity of marijuana, as well as guns and ammunition. The rapper’s two bodyguards have been charged with weapons offences.