Juice WRLD’s death was ruled an accidental overdose by the Cook County Medical Examiner today (January 22). The Chicago rapper was just 21 when he died after suffering cardiac arrest-like symptoms at Chicago’s Midway Airport late last year.
The medical examiner reports that he overdosed on oxycodone and codeine. Narcan – a drug administered to block the effects of opioids – was administered on the scene, according toNME.
On December 13, thousands of fans also held a vigil on the streets of Chicago.
Besides being a devastating loss for family, friends, and fans, Juice WRLD’s death also fits into a wider, international conversation about drugs and how they’ve become associated with music. Many across the music industry – fans and artists alike – have questioned whether rap culture’s ties to opioids is becoming a serious problem.