Chicago rapper Juice Wrld suffered convulsions and went into cardiac arrest as police and federal agents were searching his and his entourage’s luggage for guns and drugs at a private hangar at Midway Airport over the weekend, according to law enforcement sources.
The officers and agents had been waiting at the Atlantic Aviation hangar at Midway early Sunday because they suspected the private plane from Los Angeles carrying the 21-year-old musician was carrying contraband, the sources said.
As they were going through two carts of luggage, the rapper — whose real name was Jarad Higgins — “began convulsing (and) going into a seizure,” sources said. An agent administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment when opioid overdose is suspected.
Higgins woke up but was incoherent. Paramedics took him to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m., about an hour after he landed in Chicago. After an autopsy Monday, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said additional studies are needed to determine the cause and manner of death, including “cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology.”
The search turned up 41 “vacuum-sealed” bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, according to the law enforcement sources. Two men identified by police as working security for Higgins were charged with illegally possessing the guns and ammunition.
No drug charges have been filed. Sources said the marijuana and codeine were found in bags that had no name tags. They said the investigation was continuing.
It was not known why federal agents were waiting for the plane, a twin-engine Gulfstream jet owned by a company in Longwood, Florida. Logs show the plane flew from Fort Pierce, Florida, to Van Nuys, California, on Saturday and then on to Midway, arriving there around 1:30 a.m. Higgins was scheduled to play at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles this coming Saturday.