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Christian Rapper TobyMac’s 21-Year-Old Son, Truett Foster McKeehan, Dies Unexpectedly at Home

Christian Rapper TobyMac’s 21-Year-Old Son, Truett Foster McKeehan, Dies Unexpectedly at Home

Truett Foster McKeehan, the son of Christian rapper TobyMac, has died suddenly at his Tennessee home at the age of 21. According to various outlets, the details of his death are not yet known.

“Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” a representative for TobyMac confirmed in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “Cause of death has not been determined.”

The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed he died Wednesday after medics responded to a cardiac arrest call at the family’s home.

“Toby was traveling back from Canada and did not get home to be with his family until after midnight last night so there is no statement,” representatives told The Tennessean. “We just ask that everyone please be respectful of their privacy during this time and allow them to grieve their loss.”

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TobyMac shared a loving statement about his late son with PEOPLE on Thursday.

“Truett Foster McKeehan had joy that took the room when he entered. He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him you knew him, you remembered him,” TobyMac wrote in a statement. “His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box.”

TobyMac (born Kevin McKeehan), went on to praise his son’s musical talents, calling him a “true artist.”

“He expressed himself through the music he made. And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed the art. All of it. A true artist,” the rapper added, before reflecting on his son’s first show a week ago, which was “nothing short of electric.”

“Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand,” he continued.

Foster McKeehan was also an aspiring Christian rapper, releasing music on various platforms under the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster. Over the years joined forces with his father on several tracks. TobyMac (born Kevin McKeehan) recently penned “Scars” after his eldest son left home to pursue his dreams.

“When life cuts so deep try and remember, you are not alone, we’ve all been there, scars come with livin’,” he raps on the song. “You are not alone, we’ve all been there. So lift your head, lift your head, lift your head to where your help comes from.”

“He moved to L.A. and he’s making music and he’s doing his thing,” TobyMac told The Tennessean last October. “But to watch him go through that, and watch him get bruised, it’s not easy. So that’s one of the ways life has changed. In that song, I just want him to know he’s not alone.”

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TobyMac.

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“I still believe a song can move somebody’s heart,” he continued. “And I think that’s important. It’s easy when you’ve been doing it a long time to grow cold to that. But I haven’t. Every song I write, I still think, ‘This is for someone out there.’ That’s the way I go about it.”

TobyMac reportedly paused his week-long Canadian tour to be with together his family at their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

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    TobyMac Pays Tribute to Late Son Truett McKeehan: ‘He Had a Grand Personality and Dreams to Match’

    TobyMac Pays Tribute to Late Son Truett McKeehan: ‘He Had a Grand Personality and Dreams to Match’

    Christian rapper TobyMac is remembering his son Truett Foster McKeehan, who died suddenly on Wednesday at his Tennessee home at the age of 21.

    “Truett Foster McKeehan had joy that took the room when he entered. He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him you knew him, you remembered him,” TobyMac wrote in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box.”

    TobyMac (born Kevin McKeehan), went on to praise his son’s musical talents, calling him a “true artist.”

    “He expressed himself through the music he made. And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed the art. All of it. A true artist,” the rapper added, before reflecting on his son’s first show a week ago, which was “nothing short of electric.”

    “Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand,” he continued.

    An aspiring Christian rapper, McKeehan released music on various platforms under the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster. Over the years he also joined forces with his father on several tracks.

    Truett Foster McKeehan

    Courtesy TobyMac

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    Like his father, religion played an important part in McKeehan’s life, although he was not a “cookie-cutter Christian.”

    “Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King,” TobyMac wrote. “He was by no means a cookie-cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That’s who Truett was and how he should be remembered.”

    The rapper went on to reflect in-depth on the last moment he shared with his son while attending his concert at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee last Thursday.

    “I had to leave the next morning very early to fly and start our Canadian tour. As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was as proud as a ‘pop’ (as tru called me) could be,” he noted. “It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12. It couldn’t have been sweeter. Our music, and what we say lyrically couldn’t be more different, but the outcome was much the same… offering a room full of people a few minutes of joy in a crazy world.”

    Sharing a screenshot from their last text exchange, the proud “pop” packed on the praise as he told his son how “very very very proud” he was.

    TobyMac’s final text message conversation with son

    Courtesy TobyMac

    “I wanted to tell you how proud I was of your last night…Your show was amazing and I think you got the ‘it’ factor which is very important but unexplainable. Your joy is infectious and you invite people into it,” he wrote, adding that he was also moved how he “encouraged” and supported another artist “after most people left.”

    “That kind of thing right there will take you farther than great art… God doesn’t miss those things,” he wrote. “He notices things like that and blesses us I promise.”

    In response, his son replied, “Love you dad.”

    “Thank you so much. You have always believed in me,” he continued, noting that his father’s support made “me feel like a superhero.”

    Truett Foster McKeehan and TobyMac

    TobyMac/Instagram

    Concluding his statement, TobyMac shared one final message on behalf of him and his wife.

    “We don’t follow God because we have some sort of under the table deal with Him, like we’ll follow you if you bless us. We follow God because we love Him. It’s our honor. He is the God of the hills and the valleys. And He is beautiful above all things,” he wrote.

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    “Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” a representative for TobyMac confirmed in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, adding that a “cause of death has not been determined.”

    The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed he died Wednesday after medics responded to a cardiac arrest call at the family’s home.

    TobyMac recently penned song “Scars” after his eldest son left home to pursue his dreams.

    “He moved to L.A. and he’s making music and he’s doing his thing,” TobyMac told The Tennessean last October of the song’s inspiration “But to watch him go through that, and watch him get bruised, it’s not easy. So that’s one of the ways life has changed. In that song, I just want him to know he’s not alone.”

    TobyMac has since paused his week-long Canadian tour to be with his family at their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

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      Christian pop superstar TobyMac’s eldest son dies suddenly at 21

      Christian pop superstar TobyMac’s eldest son dies suddenly at 21

      Truett Foster McKeehan, the eldest son of Christian musician TobyMac,
      died suddenly at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.

      He was 21 years old.

      What are the details?

      The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office on Wednesday confirmed McKeehan’s death. In a statement, the office said that the aspiring rapper’s cause of death was not yet determined.

      “Cause of death has not been determined,” the office said in its statement. “Toby was traveling back from Canada and did not get home to be with his family until after midnight last night so there is no statement. We just ask that everyone please be respectful of their privacy during this time and allow them to grieve their loss.”

      TobyMac — real name Kevin Michael McKeehan — was touring in Canada when he received the news of his son’s untimely death.

      What else?

      In 2018, TobyMac dedicated hit song “Scars” to his first-born son.

      In a video, he
      explained that the song was intended for support to parents, who sometimes “insulate [hardships] from the ones we love, our children.”

      “So to see them go out there and do this real world it’s painful. I wrote this one for my boy,” he explained. “I wanted to let him know that I’m here for him and God is there for him. So lift your head my son to where your help comes from.”

      The lyrics include a moving passage about looking to God for strength during life’s hardships:

      When life cuts so deep


      Try and remember


      You are not alone

      We’ve all been there

      Scars come with livin’


      You are not alone


      We’ve all been there


      So lift your head, lift your head


      Lift your head to where your help comes from


      Yeah, you, you’re not alone


      We’ve all been there


      Scars come with livin’


      TobyMac – Scars (Story Behind the Song)

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