XXX Tentacion (Jahseh Onfroy) was gunned down in Broward County, Florida, on June 18, 2018, outside of a motorsports shop; he was 20 years old. Prior to his death, Onfroy regularly talked about dying, in fact, he spoke of being killed or made a "sacrifice" on the day of his untimely death. Is it possible that Onfroy knew someone was after him? It's possible, but when you consider that he was robbed after he was shot, it seems like the crime was one of greed, not vengeance. Even if you brush off Onfroy's death as pre-meditated, you will be hard-pressed to ignore the death by rumination seen in this next artist's death.
Juice Wrld (Jarad Anthony Higgins) died on December 8, 2019; he had just turned 21 years old. Higgins's posthumous album was released in 2020, the title? "Legends Never Die." The entire album features lyrics about dying, including: "A devil on my shoulder telling me that I'm gonna die soon, I don't really want that to impact you!!" and "If it wasn't for the pills, I wouldn't be here -but if I keep taking these pills, I won't be here" as well as lyrics from his previous album "What's the '27-club'? We ain't making it past 21! They tell me Imma be a legend, but I don't want that title now cause all the legends seem to die out!" In case you are not familiar, "The 27-club" refers to several celebrities who have died at the age of 27. Juice Wrld didn't make it past 21, he was right, and his posthumous album clarifies that the young artist was obsessed with thoughts of dying. Incidentally, Higgins would die in a freak-overdose; after boarding a private jet during his "Death Race for Love" tour. The authorities received a tip that Higgins and co. were in possession of illegal narcotics and weapons, triggering a search-warrant of the plane Higgins was on and everyone on board. In a panic, Higgins downed several pills, which would prove to be a fatal mistake. Despite medics administering Narcan, the amount of drugs Higgins took (presumably to avoid charges) had already done too much damage, and Higgins was pronounced dead shortly after that.
Mac Miller (Malcolm James McCormick) died on September 7, 2018; he was 26 years old. McCormick was beginning to hit his stride in the music industry when, shortly before his death, he shot a music video that features him lying in a coffin, carving on the lid from the inside. The images are chilling, considering the fact this song would be released posthumously; it was almost too much for fans to watch. As this author saw the video, he immediately thought about all of the other artists who have suffered death by rumination, and it seems that there is no end in sight. As we will see, this is nothing new!
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was only 27 years old when he allegedly choked on his own vomit (induced by drugs). Almost exactly five years before his death, Hendrix wrote these haunting words: "Many things he would try, for he knew soon that he would die. Now Jimi's gone, he's not alone. His memory still lives on. Five years, this he said, he's not gone - he's just dead!" Coincidence? You be the judge!
This author believes it is simply too dangerous to ruminate on death; we should learn from those who have made this grave mistake and place our minds on LIFE! One of this author's favorite Psalms declares: "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD." (Psalm 118:17, KJV). May YOUR life be full, and may you ruminate on hope and a future.
John Carosiello is a pastor, author, and speaker who graduated with honors from Liberty University with a Masters of Divinity. For more info, please visit: www.citg.org.