Juice WRLD’s Mother Establishes Fund to Help Youth Struggling with Mental Health
The mother of the late rapper Juice WRLD announced that she has established a fund designed to help young people struggling with mental illness. In honor of Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad Higgins, Carmela Wallace’s Live Free 999 Fund will target underserved communities, by normalizing the conversation around depression, anxiety, and addiction. Wallace confirmed in a statement that she was unaware of her son’s battle with addiction and mental health.
Juice WRLD died at age 21 in December 2019 after suffering a seizure at Midway Airport in Chicago, Ill. An accidental overdose was later ruled as his cause of death. Wallace said 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. For more information, visit www.LiveFree999.org.