A US rapper, Juice Wrld who shot to fame on music streaming platforms died at the age of 21.
There are several reports that Wrld died after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday morning. But, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause was unknown.
Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, was best-known for his viral 2018 hit Lucid Dreams. Mental health, mortality and drug use were common themes in his music.
His record label, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, said Juice Wrld was an “exceptional human being” who “made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time”.
Chicago police said a 21-year-old man suffered a medical emergency at around 02:00 local time and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun Times there were “no signs of foul play” and it was unclear whether drugs played a role in his death.
Juice Wrld started rapping in high school, using online music streaming platform SoundCloud to upload and promote his music. He went on to release his debut full-length EP, 999, on the platform in 2017, garnering him attention from fellow Chicago-based artists such as G Herbo and Lil Bibby.
The rapper rose to fame in 2018, when hit singles All Girls Are the Same and Lucid Dreams, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, drew the attention of music fans and record labels.
More plaudits followed the release of his first studio album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, in 2018, cementing him as one of the rising stars of US rap.
In early 2018, he was signed by Interscope Records, landing a record deal reported to be worth more than $3m. He topped the Billboard chart this year with his second album Death Race for Love.
Juice Wrld had celebrated his 21st birthday last week. In a tweet, he said it was “one of his best” birthdays yet.