It was an emotional evening for lovers of Juice Wrld in Los Angeles.
The “Lucid Dreams” rapper has been scheduled to perform at the Rolling Loud Festival, but that never came to pass as he tragically passed away a week ago. The repercussions of the 21-year-old’s death are still being felt throughout the hip hop industry, and, of course, those closest to Juice Wrld, who was born Jarad Higgins. In Juice’s place, his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, took to the stage at the Banc of California Stadium and spoke for the first time about her boyfriend’s death.
“I just wanted to come out here and let everyone know that Jarad loved every single person that he helped on this earth. He literally loved every single one of you guys,” she told the crowd while a screen behind her declared the words ‘Legends never die’. “There is not a time when he had shown me any different love then he felt for you. He wants everyone to know that you need to take any negative, any negative thing in your life, he would tell you every time he saw you and change that to a positive situation.”
Juice’s mother also recently spoke about her son’s untimely passing, which was the result of over-consuming Percocet pills in order to hide them from police who were raiding his private jet.
“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,” Carmella Wallace told TMZ. “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.”
Juice Wrld was laid to rest in an open-casket funeral in Harvey, Illinois, on Friday.