Juice Wrld, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, was a talented musician who left us too soon due to a tragic overdose in 2019. He was passionate about music from a young age and had skills in playing various instruments like the guitar, piano, and drums. In high school, he began freestyle rapping and recording his own music. In 2017, he released an online EP, and the next year, he dropped his first full-length album titled “Goodbye & Good Riddance.”
The Mysterious Conspiracy Theories
On December 8, 2019, this 21-year-old rapper experienced a seizure shortly after disembarking from a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. Despite immediate medical attention, he was declared dead. Following his tragic demise, various conspiracy theories emerged, suggesting that he might have faked his death and even offered ‘proof’ to support these claims. These theories are not unique to Juice Wrld; similar theories exist about artists like Tupac Shakur and Elvis Presley, with some believing they are still alive.
The “Supreme” Shirt Controversy
Conspiracy theorists who claim Juice Wrld is still alive presented ‘evidence’ in the form of a photo that circulated online in 2020, months after his passing. In the picture, Juice Wrld was seen wearing a Supreme box logo shirt. While it might seem suspicious, the shirt’s release date could explain it. Supreme rarely reissues their box logo shirts, and designs are never repeated. Some believe this indicates that Juice Wrld faked his death, but a more plausible explanation is that, as a successful artist, he may have had early access to merchandise before it was available to the public.
TikTok’s Lucid Dreams Challenge
News reports confirmed that Juice Wrld had a seizure before his death. Some conspiracy theories suggest that TikTok users predicted the rapper’s passing and the manner of his death. In 2019, a trend called the Lucid Dreams challenge emerged on TikTok, where users mimicked having seizures while playing Juice Wrld’s song “Lucid Dreams.” The similarity between the challenge and his death gave rise to these theories. However, many called for the removal of these videos out of respect for Juice Wrld’s family.
Clues in Song Lyrics
Some conspiracy theorists point to Juice Wrld’s song lyrics as proof that he faked his death. In his song “All Girls are the Same,” he referenced John Lennon with the line “I’m a jealous boy, really feel like John Lennon.” As John Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980, some believe that Juice Wrld’s choice of the same date for his alleged death is no coincidence. Another song, “Legends,” features the line “What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21,” alluding to famous musicians who died at 27, while Juice Wrld had just turned 21. These lyrics have led some to believe he predicted his death, while others think he faked it.
The Tweet that Started It All
Perhaps the most popular conspiracy theory revolves around a tweet Juice Wrld posted on April 25, 2017. In the tweet, he expressed his goal to become overly famous, shine for a couple of years, and then fake his death. Some view this tweet as compelling evidence that he followed through with his plan and is now living a secretive life. However, some argue it was merely coincidental and shouldn’t be overanalyzed. Nonetheless, many fans continue to believe it supports the idea that Juice Wrld faked his death.
Facing the Harsh Reality
In interviews, Juice Wrld openly acknowledged his struggles with drug use. He admitted to making poor decisions at times. His tragic demise was attributed to codeine and oxycodone toxicity, and drugs were found on the private plane he was on before his seizure. His photographer, Chris Long, revealed that Juice Wrld had a serious problem with drug use and was determined to lower his tolerance by seeking rehab just days before the overdose. His mother, Carmella Wallace, confirmed her son’s battles with prescription drug dependency in a statement after his passing.
While conspiracy theories may continue to swirl around Juice Wrld’s death, it’s important to remember that the young rapper faced real struggles with drug addiction. His untimely death serves as a sobering reminder of the devastating consequences of substance abuse. Rather than focusing on far-fetched theories, we should reflect on his music and the impact he left on the world. Juice Wrld’s legacy lives on through his art, reminding us of the importance of addressing substance abuse issues and supporting those who may be facing similar challenges.