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Juice WRLD: Rapper died from accidental overdose of painkillers, coroner rules

A medical examiner has ruled Juice WRLD died after an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers.

The rapper - whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins - died in December 2019 at the age of 21 after having a seizure.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says: "Higgins died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity," and "the manner of death is accident."

These drugs are used to treat severe pain and contain opioids - they've been linked to an opioid crisis in the US.

Juice WRLD suffered a seizure during a police search of his private jet when it landed in at Chicago airport and later died in hospital.

Officers said at the time they found guns and drugs on his jet after receiving information that banned substances might be onboard.

Juice WRLD was best-known for his viral 2018 hit Lucid Dreams and often talked about mental health, dying and drugs in his music.

Deaths of other music artists in the US have also been linked to opioids.

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 singer Prince had taken fentanyl before his death in 2016.

A coroner ruled Mac Miller died as a result of an accidental overdose involving cocaine, fentanyl and alcohol in 2018.