Rapper Juice WRLD passed away on Sunday morning, and the hip-hop community is in shock. The 21-year-old rapper was one of the biggest rising talents in the genre, and his unexpected death leaves many at a loss for words. Social media tried to make sense of his passing as the news spread on Sunday.
Juice WRLD suffered a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport on Sunday morning, according to a report by TMZ. The rapper was flying home from California when he collapsed on his way off the plane, and was rushed to the hospital. Sources said that paramedics found Juice WRLD bleeding from the mouth, but he was still conscious when he arrived at the hospital. He was pronounced dead not long after that.
Fans were devastated by the news, as were his colleagues. Juice WRLD was considered a generous spirit by many other performers, and his lyrics left no doubt that he was sensitive to those around him. He was particularly affected by the recent deaths of his contemporaries, including Lil Peep, Fredo Santana, XXXTentacion, and Mac Miller, making his own death that much more tragic.
Twitter filled with tributes, eulogies and prayers for Juice WRLD on Sunday, from fans, journalists and even other performers. Here is what the hip-hop community had to say about the 21-year-old musician.
i like to pretend hate and shit don’t get to me, but subconsciously it eats away at me. feeling like u have the world and knowing it can all go away at any time is scary. with all this being said i want anybody who cared enough to read this to just live in the moment. love u guys— nope (@LilNasX) December 8, 2019
One of the most heartfelt tributes to Juice WRLD came from Lil Nas X, the rapper behind "Old Town Road." Putting aside his usual layers of irony and sarcasm, Lil Nas X posted three tweets in honor of his fallen colleague.
"RIP Juice. So sad how often this is happening lately to young talented rising artists," he wrote.
too many of our peers leaving us way too soon! rest in paradise juice wrld 🙏🏽— Ella Mai (@ellamai) December 8, 2019
Another mournful tweet came from singer Ella Mai, who hoped that Juice WRLD would "rest in paradise." Mai and Juice WRLD performed together at the Complexcon Chicago Live music festival over the summer, mashing up two of their biggest hits.
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Heartbreaking 💔.... RIP @juicewrld999 🙏🏾 You are 1 of my son Johan’s favorite artist. He called me crying this morning. 😢 When your album dropped he made me check it out while i drove him to school & after i dropped him i ended up listening more & liking the project. Then looked you up online & saw how dope of a off the head freestyler you were. Saw so much talent in you & just was telling Herbo that recently. Truly sad we lost you so young. My condolences to your family & friends.
Rapper Fabolous posted a sincere note addressed directly to Juice WRLD on Sunday to both Twitter and Instagram. He noted that, while he is in an older generation of performers, he had a particular connection to Juice WRLD through his son, who was a die-hard fan. He said that his son called him in tears to inform him about Juice WRLD's passing.
juice wrld has me really fucked up cause it’s like this kid didn’t even get a chance to live. like how are we losing people at 21 all the time???? wtf is going on that its almost normal and acceptable now to lose ppl so young this often— PAZ (@pazpaz) December 8, 2019
Producer and DJ Paz was especially affected by Juice WRLD's passing because of his age. He wrote that the 21-year-old rapper "didn't even get a chance to live," and wondered why this trend of musicians passing so young was on the rise.
I don't believe Juice wrld is dead😖😭😭 pic.twitter.com/mKnJxSEYL3— TIME BOMB💣 (@Mhiztapaschal) December 8, 2019
Many fans searching for clarity in Juice WRLD's passing tweeted about how hard it was to believe he was really gone. Some even dredged up conspiracy theories suggesting he was not, including one tweet from 2017.
My goal is to get overly famous, shine for a couple years... then fake my death," Juice WRLD wrote at the time.
Others re-posted an old 2017 video where Juice WRLD really did refute internet rumors that he had died. This time around, however, the news comes from reputable sources.
“What’s the 27 club? We ain’t makin it past 21”— LEO (@astronomicalleo) December 8, 2019
-Higgins (Juice WRLD) pic.twitter.com/2yvq1bxpwd
Fans were also fixated on Juice WRLD's song "Legends," a tribute for other young rappers who had passed away too young. That included contemporaries of Juice WRLD such as Lil Peep, XXXTentacion, Mac Miller and Fredo Santana.
"What's the 27 Club?" he rapped in the song. "We ain't making it past 21 / I been going through paranoia / So I always gotta keep a gun / Damn, that's the world we live in now."
Some thought this song hit shockingly close to home after Juice WRLD's real-life death on Sunday.
In honor of Juice Wrld, here's one of my favorite vids of him freestyling. Rest In Peace, young King 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/mUPX320cHF— '96 Esco (@youngxhayzeus) December 8, 2019
While drugs and depression were a theme in his work, Juice WRLD's music was not all sad, and many shared the general highlights of his career. They showcased the raw talent that made his passing such a tragedy to the community as a whole, rather than focusing on the darkest parts of his confessional writing.
Finally, many fans brought up an interview with Young Thug from July, where he compared Juice WRLD to a younger Lil Wayne. He said that Juice WRLD shared all the same raw talent and baggage that Lil Wayne had in his early days, but expressed hope that he would not fall prey to the same vices.
"He like, that 2006 to 2009 Lil Wayne," he said. "He that n—, like, so I be trying to make him like... I watched all of Wayne's mistakes... I watched all them mistakes, and tried not to make them. That's why my relationship is so tight with him. I look at him like that, cause [Juice WRLD] really can freestyle. Like, he really don't write."