Juice WRLD’s Mother Starts Fund To Help Teens Struggling w/ Mental Health & Addiction
Carmella Wallace, the mother of late rapper Juice WRLD, announced on Wednesday (April 22) is continuing his legacy months after his shocking passing.
According to the Chicago Tribune, she has created the Live Free 999 Fund, a charitable organization that aims to help young people struggling with their mental health.
Live Free 999 will focus on normalizing the conversation around addiction, anxiety, and depression in underserved communities. The organization will support programs that compassionately address these topics and help young people find positive ways to process them as Juice WRLD did with his music. She said in a statement,
“Young people around the world were truly touched by Jarad’s music because he spoke to issues and situations in his music that resonated with them so deeply, I made the decision upon his death that I was going to share his struggles with the world with the objective of helping others. It is my desire to help those who are hurting by providing access to education, prevention and treatment for opioid and other forms of drug addiction. It is my hope that Live Free 999 will help people just as Jarad’s music has and will continue to touch lives for years to come.”
Juice WLRD, whose real name was Jarad Higgins, passed away after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport on December 8. The rapper was aboard a private Gulfstream jet flying from Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles to Midway International Airport in Chicago, where law enforcement officers were waiting for the jet to arrive, as the pilot had notified them while the flight was en route that the jet was carrying guns and drugs.
Law enforcement later revealed they found three handguns and 70 lb (32 kg) of marijuana on the aircraft. They also stated several members of the rapper’s management team aboard the flight attested thatthe rapper had taken “several unknown pills”, including allegedly swallowing multiple Percocet pills to hide them while police were on board the plane searching the luggage.
He began convulsing and going into seizures, after which two doses of the emergency medication Narcan were administered as an opioid overdose was suspected. JUICE WRLD was transported to nearby Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at age 21.
A few days later, Juice WRLD’s mother Carmella Wallace, released a statement about the tragic death of her 21-year-old son. At the time she said,
“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency. Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction. We hope the conversations he started in his music and his legacy will help others win their battles as that is what he wanted more than anything.”
“We know that Jarad’s legacy of love, joy and emotional honesty will live on.”
It was no secret that Juice had a history of drug abuse and spoke openly about his experiences in interviews and through his music.
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