Juice WRLD, one of a crop of sweet-voiced singing rappers who emerged from the streaming platform Sound-cloud in recent years, died on Sunday, the authorities said. He was 21.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois confirmed the death in a statement.
Identifying the artist by his real name, it said Jarad A. Higgins, of Home-wood, Ill., had been pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. The cause of death was not available and an autopsy was to be done, the office said.
The rapper’s sharp, catchy songs — which were often free styled in only a few takes — combined the melodic hip-hop instincts of Lil Yachty, Post Malone and XXXTentacion with the heavy-hearted angst and nasal hooks of emo and pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco.
“I’ve always been different,” he told The New York Times last year. “I used to try to hide it a little bit, but now I have a platform for being different.”