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In a statement TMZ published on Thursday morning (Dec. 12), the Chicago rapper’s mother Carmella Wallace expresses her deep sadness and reflects on her son’s music. She also addresses his battle with prescription drugs.

“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short,” Wallace began, using Juice’s born name. “As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency.”

Juice was open about his drug addiction in his music.

“Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it,” Wallace continues. “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. We know that Jarad’s legacy of love, joy and emotional honesty will live on.”

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