Late hip-hop star Juice Wrld appeared in “high spirits” in footage taken hours before he suffered a fatal medical episode and died, according to his pal.
The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was seen paling around with friends on a private jet taking them to Chicago’s Midway Airport early Sunday morning.
“This was Juice Wrld as he got on the plane that took him to Chicago last night. He was in high spirits and looked happy,” posted YouTuber DJ Akademiks along with footage from the rapper’s final hours.
The Chicago-born entertainer went into cardiac arrest shortly after 2 a.m. at the airport’s private hangar and was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Other reports said the rapper had suffered a seizure at the airport and started bleeding from the mouth.
No cause of death has been determined, but an autopsy is set to take place Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police said there were no signs of foul play and the other passengers aboard the aircraft are cooperating with authorities.
His girlfriend, Ally Lotti, also appeared to have joined the rapper for the flight before his fatal medical episode. She posted video to her Instagram story on Saturday night of the group boarding the private plane.
Lotti marked the rapper’s 21st birthday earlier in the week with a post on Twitter.
“this is ur second birthday i spent [with you] and im so grateful,” she wrote. “[you] deserve so much im so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished this past [year]. there is not a soul that could match your energy. ily ‘endlessly’”
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