TobyMac’s 21-year-old son, Truett Foster McKeehan, was confirmed to have died of an accidental overdose this week. The saddening news comes three months after Truett’s sudden death was announced.
According to a rep for the family, the rapper’s eldest son died of cardiac arrest in the family’s Tennessee home on October 23rd after consuming a fatal mix of fentanyl and amphetamines.
Following in the footsteps of his father, McKeehan was an aspiring rapper who released music under the names Shiloh, TRU, and Truett Foster. The ambitious youngster even collaborated with his dad on several tracks. Upon Truett’s move out of the home to pursue his dreams, TobyMac wrote the song “Scars” about the transition.
“He moved to L.A. and he’s making music and he’s doing his thing,” TobyMac told The Tennessean. “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.”
Earlier this month, TobyMac also released a new song in memory of the 21-year-old.
The track entitled “21 years” is a raw depiction of the Christian rapper’s grief journey since the loss of his son.
“What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song,” said TobyMac. “’21 Years’ is a song I never wanted to write. I hope it’s for someone out there, or maybe it’s just for me.”
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Please keep Truett’s family in your prayers during this unthinkable time.