Son of Christian Rapper TobyMac Dies at 21

Truett Foster McKeehan died at Nashville-area home
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2019 1:15 PM CDT
Son of Christian Rapper TobyMac Dead at 21
TobyMac performs during the Dove Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The 21-year-old son of a well-known Christian rapper died suddenly this week, USA Today reports. Truett Foster McKeehan was the oldest child of TobyMac, who got his start with Christian group DC Talk before breaking out into a solo career. "Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning," a family rep confirms. "Cause of death has not been determined." Per Heavy, a 911 call stating McKeehan was in cardiac arrest was made at 11am Wednesday. TobyMac left a weeklong tour in Canada to be with his wife and four other children at their Franklin, Tenn., home after getting the news.

The younger McKeehan was a rapper in his own right, releasing songs as Truett Foster, truDog, TRU, and Shiloh. He was also a member of the group HySociety, and had collaborated with his father on multiple songs as well. Last year, TobyMac released a song about his eldest child, "Scars," which includes lyrics like "Now you won’t take my phone calls / You won’t text me back at all / I just wanna see you / I can’t stand to see you gone." He told the Tennessean at the time that it was inspired by Truett leaving home. "He moved to LA and he's making music, and he's doing his thing. But to watch him go through that, and watch him get bruised, it's not easy," he said at the time. "So that's one of the ways life has changed. In that song, I just want him to know he's not alone." (More Nashville stories.)

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