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Juice WRLD's Luggage Was Being Searched When He Collapsed

Agents were seizing drugs and guns, sources say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2019 3:59 PM CST
In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.   (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Federal agents were in the process of searching the luggage of Juice WRLD and his entourage when the Chicago-area rapper experienced a medical emergency in a private hangar at the city's Midway Airport Sunday, ultimately being pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The Chicago Tribune's sources say agents were waiting at the hangar because they suspected the rapper's private plane from Los Angeles contained contraband, and were searching the baggage for guns and drugs when the 21-year-old started convulsing or having a seizure before going into cardiac arrest. More of the latest:

  • One agent administered two doses of Narcan to the rapper, who was born Jarad Higgins; the emergency treatment is used in suspected opioid overdoses. Higgins "woke up but was incoherent" at that point, per the Tribune, but was ultimately pronounced dead at 3:14am, around an hour after his plane landed. The Cook County medical examiner's office says tests including "cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology" must be carried out before the cause and manner of death can be determined.

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