The death of 21-year-old Juice WRLD hit very close to home for the family of the late Cameron Boyce, who suffered a similar fate when he succumbed to a massive seizure at just 20 years old. Even though there may be different circumstances surrounding the death of each star, the Boyce family was rocked by another young light snuffed out in a similar fashion to their beloved son.
The late Disney star's father, took to social media to express his grief after learning of the death of the "Lucid Dreams" rapper.
Victor Boyce shared his grief when he heard the news:
"OMG, just learned of the passing of Juice Wrld after suffering a seizure at the airport. He was only 21 years old."
Many fans echoed Victor's feelings on social media, responding that they "immediately thought of Cam" when it was revealed that Juice WRLD had suffered a massive seizure. Cameron Boyce suffered from epilepsy, and his family has been trying to educate the public and spread awareness about the dangers of the condition since the young star's death.
"This is why it is so important to keep spreading awareness and why it is amazing that you and your family are making people aware and educating everyone. It is so sad," one fan wrote on Twitter.
Others pointed out that it appears Juice WRLD's seizure may have been brought on from substance abuse, specifically allegedly downing a handful of Percocet in avoidance of getting in trouble for carrying the prescription drug. However, people seem to be in agreeance that regardless of what caused the seizure, it is devastating that the world lost another young star.
"I can’t believe they both passed so young. I’m thinking about cam rn always will Always have Nothing is going to change Juice Wrld suffering from a Seizure at that Airport and suffering from a seizure from an ongoing medical condition love u cam I miss u sm," one fan shared.
Suspected Opioid Overdose
According to the Chicago Tribune, federal agents and police were already waiting for the "Lucid Dreams" rapper and his crew as they landed at Midway airport Sunday morning after getting a tip that they had been flying with narcotics and weapons.
While in the hangar, a drug-sniffing dog identified two bags on a luggage cart for containing narcotics, and they were searched by authorities.
While the search was underway, the rapper began convulsing and suffering from what appeared to be a seizure. Agents were told Juice WRLD did not have any medical conditions, "but that he 'takes Percocet and has a drug problem,' according to the Chicago Tribune. Percocet is a powerful opioid, and agents administered two doses of Narcan to Juice WRLD while waiting for the ambulance.
He was revived, but incoherent and transported to the hospital where he died within an hour of touching down in Chicago. There are now reports that suggest the rapper may have taken a bunch of the pills during the search by agents in fear of getting in trouble.
Since Cameron's death, Victor and the Boyce family has been trying to raise awareness about SUDEP, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. In November, The Cameron Boyce Foundation launched an initiative with the Epilepsy Foundation.
"Epilepsy Foundation and The Cameron Boyce Foundation launched a new initiative called “K(NO)W SUDEP NOW” to raise awareness about epilepsy and the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), particularly among youth and young adults. The initiative features a public service announcement with Cameron Boyce’s parents and friends, as well as a new website KnowSUDEPNow.org to provide information about SUDEP and encourage donations. In addition, for a limited time, anyone that donates $100 or more will receive a t-shirt designed specifically for this fundraising initiative."
Along with a YouTube video discussing SUDEP, Cameron's parents issued a statement about the collaboration.
"We would like to shine more of a light on epilepsy by getting more funding, more research and more people involved. And we hope that Cameron’s reach can do that."