Juice WRLD was given the opioid antidote Narcan shortly before he died, US authorities have confirmed.
The rapper was travelling on a private jet which was searched by federal agents and city police officers when it landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that, after police received a tip-off, a sniffer dog found multiple bags of suspected marijuana, several bottles of prescription cough syrup, three guns, metal-piercing bullets and a high-capacity ammunition magazine.
Juice WRLD, whose real name was Jarad Higgins, is believed to have suffered a seizure during the search. According to the Associated Press, one of the agents reportedly administered Narcan after the rapper’s girlfriend said he had been taking Percocet, a notorious opioid painkiller.
Higgins is believed to have subsequently woken up and was then rushed to Chicago’s Advocate Christ medical centre, where he was pronounced dead at 3.15AM on Sunday.
An autopsy was completed yesterday (December 9), but the toxicology test results are yet to be determined.
“This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent,” Sting said in a statement sent to NME. “‘Lucid Dreams’ was my favourite of all the many interpolations of ‘Shape of my Heart’, it will resonate for many years to come. My sincere condolences to the family.”
Juice WRLD’s last gig was on November 30 when he performed in Ballarat, Australia at Spilt Milk Festival after a string of dates in both Australia and New Zealand.
Footage from his final tour in Australia included a performance of an unreleased song called ‘Sitting Ducks’.