The hashtag #LLJW, which stands for Long Live Juice WRLD, shows respect to the American rapper who died in December 2019 from a painkillers overdose. Juice WRLD, who was 21 at the time, died after having a seizure during a police search of his private jet when it landed at Chicago airport.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1998, Juice WRLD was raised by his single mother who has previously been described as a religious and conservative woman who didn’t allow him to listen to hip hop.
Juice WRLD, also known as Jarad Anthony Higgins, started rapping in school and rose to fame in 2018, when single ‘Lucid Dreams’ peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 10 on the official UK chart.
One of his songs, ‘Legends’, was dedicated to 20-year-old XXXTentacion and 21-year-old Lil Peep, who died respectively in 2018 and 2017, and contained the lyrics “all the legends seem to die out.”
In 2018, Juice WRLD said in an interview with The New York Times that he used cannabis and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication. In other interviews, he also spoke about his use of lean, a liquid mix containing prescription-strength cough syrup and soft drinks.
Juice WRLD often talked about mental health, dying and drugs in his music, while a lot of rappers have talked about popping pills like Xanax in their songs. In 2017, Lil Peep suffered an accidental overdose of fentanyl and anti-anxiety drug Xanax. Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller that tends to be cheaper and more potent than heroin.
The pop singer Prince had also taken fentanyl before his death in 2016. Similarly, it was later ruled that Mac Miller died as a result of an accidental overdose involving cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol in 2018.
In the US, deaths of other music artists, especially rappers, have also been linked to opioids.
Juice WLRD’s posthumous third album dropped a few hours ago, seven months after the rapper’s death. His album, title Legends Never Die, caused fans to crash his Spotify and Apple Music pages earlier this morning.
Announcing the posthumous album on his Instagram page, a statement read: ‘This Friday we will be honouring the life and art of Juice WRLD by releasing his album, Legends Never Die. We feel that this collection of 15 songs best represents the music Juice was in the process of creating.”
Just as RIPEllen just started trending on Twitter, the whole world panicked. Is America’s favourite TV host truly dead and buried? Well, take a deep breath, relax, we’ve got some answers for you.
If you thought, like many others, that Ellen DeGeneres had just died because #RIPEllen had been trending on Twitter, don’t panic. DeGeneres is alive and well. You might wonder, then, why the weird rumour?
The reason behind Twitter’s trending RIPEllen actually comes from rumours that recently started about DeGeneres’ talk show potentially getting cancelled. The Ellen Show has been a constant in our life for almost 17 years now, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many talk shows have been struggling, DeGeneres’ programme included. So far, however, nothing has been officially announced yet.
Recent allegations were made against DeGeneres by supposedly former Ellen Show staff members who stated that the host was a bully behind the scenes. This led to her losing some of her popularity among a section of her US audience.
Back in March, DeGeneres announced via Twitter that she would be shooting her show without a studio audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after, she posted another tweet on 13 March stating that the show had been suspended until 30 March. Now, since 6 April, DeGeneres has been filming the chat show from the comfort of her own home. It remains unclear when exactly the talk show will be filmed in studios with an actual audience.