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New charitable fund launched in memory of Juice Wrld

By | Published on Thursday 23 April 2020

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The mother of late rapper Juice Wrld, Carmela Wallace, has launched a charitable fund in his memory, focussed on supporting organisations that work with young people who are experiencing addiction, anxiety and depression.

Named the Live Free 999 Fund, the new initiative will provide funding to organisations working in those three areas. Juice Wrld’s label partners, Interscope and Grade A, have already announced donations to the fund.

The rapper, real name Jarad Higgins, died after suffering a seizure while a private jet he had been travelling on was searched by FBI officials at Chicago’s Midway Airport earlier this year. It was subsequently confirmed that he had died of an accidental overdose of opioid pain relief medications oxycodone and codeine.

“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”, Wallace said this week, while launching the new fund.

“I was aware of his struggles with addiction, anxiety, and depression”, she added. “We had many conversations about his challenges with these issues. I know he truly wanted to be free from the demons that tormented him. 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”, she continues. “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”.

The fund is being launched as part of the longstanding Entertainment Industry Foundation. Find out more here.