The Brief: Juice WRLD passed away Sunday after having a seizure at Chicago's Midway airport. A TikTok dance challenge in which fans pretended to have a seizure to his song "Lucid Dreams" recently went viral, eerily predicting his shocking death.
The #LucidDreamsChallenge took off in November, with TikTokers dancing to Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” and faking a seizure midway through the video, spilling water from their mouths for dramatic effect.
Early yesterday morning, news broke that the 21-year-old rapper tragically died after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport, leading many TikTok users to freak out over the disturbingly prophetic dance challenge.
While it’s uncertain what prompted TikTok users to fake a seizure to this song, it happens as Juice raps “I have these lucid dreams where I can’t move a thing,” which he told Genius references his experiences with sleep paralysis.
— mikayla💞 (@kakacarter01) December 8, 2019
— Luke Walker (@lukewalker1998) December 8, 2019
Bit weird that everyone on tiktok pretended to have a seizure to Lucid Dreams recently and now Juice WRLD took a seizure n died pic.twitter.com/y55ULhczuO
— 𝓒𝓪𝓲𝓽𝓵𝓲𝓷🌸 (@caitlinmcl_02) December 8, 2019
THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A TIKTOK TREND GOING WHERE U HAVE A SEIZURE AFTER DANCING TO LUCID DREAM AND THEN JUICE WRLD DIED FROM A SEIZURE IS PROOF THE ILLUMINATE EXISTS
— 𝖆𝖇𝖉𝖚𝖑𝖑𝖆𝖍 (@alittlealive) December 8, 2019
Although the exact cause of his death isn’t yet known, Juice WRLD frequently described his struggle with addiction in his music. In his song “Legends” he raps about how his peers in the rap game are not even making it past 21, let alone to the infamous “27 club,” a term used to describe a group of musicians including Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix, who all died at age 27.
Just last year, rapper Lil Peep died at 21 after a drug overdose, and Juice WRLD had turned 21 just 6 days before his death. He was reportedly traveling to his hometown of Chicago to attend his 21st birthday party.
Fans also uncovered other freaky coincidences, including this tweet from Juice back in 2017:
My goal is to get overly famous, shine for a couple years..then fake my death ⚰
— . (@JuiceWorlddd) April 25, 2017
This is really freaking me out
“I’m a jealous boy, really feel like John Lennon” (Passed on the same day as John Lennon)
“We ain’t making it past 21” (Passed less than 1 week after his 21st)
TikTok seizure trend to Lucid Dreams
RIP Juice Wrld
— 𝕸𝖆𝖉𝖎 🦃 (@maditaylorx) December 9, 2019
— 𝕝𝕚𝕧 (@harryslilrose) December 9, 2019
•John Lennon date of death
•“We ain’t making it past 21”
•Tiktok lucid dreams seizure trend
•Juice Wrld – “My goal is to get overly famous, shine for a couple years…then fake my death ⚰️”
RIP not just to a great artist, but a great person #RIPJUICEWLRD
— Bangs 💣 (@X7Laughs) December 9, 2019
Although these strange correlations exist, there is no evidence to suggest this was an Illuminati conspiracy or that he faked his death. However, this Twitter account is convinced Juice is secretly still alive and dissects his lyrics as evidence (full thread in the comments):
(1) Juice Wrld faked his death. there is no debate. the evidence is simply overwhelming. in a tweet from april 24th, 2017, he stated “my goal is to get overly famous, shine for a couple years..then fake my death ⚰️”. that is exactly what he did.
— Finding Juice (@juicesearch) December 8, 2019
Conspiracies aside, Juice WRLD’s death marks another tragic moment for hip hop, and fans and fellow rappers are mourning his passing while celebrating his legacy:
rip juice. so sad how often this is happening lately to young talented rising artists. 🖤
— nope (@LilNasX) December 8, 2019
Wow, I can not believe this. Rip my brother juice world 😭😭😭
— cookin up LB3 (@lilyachty) December 8, 2019
Juice made a profound impact on the world in such a short period of time. He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. pic.twitter.com/DsVNGNaMZK
— Interscope Records (@Interscope) December 8, 2019
I can’t believe it… you were such a sweet soul. I’ll always remember meeting you and your family on the video set and thinking how close you were. You had so much further to go, you were just getting started. You’ll be missed Juice 💔
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) December 8, 2019
— GoldStarTheTrueChamp (@WalterC21660459) December 9, 2019