Published Dec 12, 2019Following the tragic passing of Juice WRLD this weekend, his family has released a statement, addressing the issues the late Chicago rapper had with drug abuse and addiction.
His mother, Carmella Wallace, opened up in a newly released statement, telling TMZ, "We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency."
She went on to explain how her son — born Jarad Anthony Higgins — often dealt with his substance abuse issues in his lyrics, trying to use his words to help those who battled with addiction instead of just glorifying drug use.
She continued: "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."
As previously reported, Juice WRLD died on December 8 at the age of 21. While an autopsy proved inconclusive, the rapper reportedly took unknown pills in the lead-up to his sudden death at Chicago Midway International Airport over the weekend.
The rapper suffered a fatal series of seizures when police boarded his private plane to search for narcotics. While onboard, police found roughly 70 pounds of marijuana, six bottles of codeine cough syrup and three firearms.
Before dying in hospital, Juice WRLD was treated with Narcan — a substance typically used to combat opioid overdoses.