Christian Rapper Toby Mac's Son Suddenly Dies At 21

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    Christian rapper TobyMac issues statement on sudden death of 21-year-old son Truett
    Truett Foster McKeehan — who performed as Shiloh, truDog, and TRU — died at home Tuesday night or Wednesday, a rep confirmed

    Brad Schmitt, Nashville TennesseanPublished 9:41 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2019 | Updated 5:38 p.m. ET Oct. 24, 2019

    Christian rapper TobyMac's oldest child has died, a representative confirmed, but few details were released immediately.

    The rapper opened up about the sudden death of Truett Foster McKeehan, 21, in a heartfelt statement to the USA Today Network -- Tennessee, where he recalled how his son had "joy that took the room when he entered."

    "He was a magnetic son and brother and friend," he continued. "If you met him you knew him, you remembered him. 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 continued to describe his son's passions for music and the Bible, noting "Truett always had a soft spot for God."

    "He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing," he added. "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."

    obyMac's full statement can be found at the bottom of this article.

    Truett was an aspiring rapper who released songs and videos online as Truett Foster, truDog, TRU and Shiloh.

    "Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning," the rep said in a statement Thursday morning to the USA TODAY Network – Tennessee.

    The Davidson County Medical Examiner's office confirmed he died Wednesday.


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    The McKeehan family, from left: Truett, Amanda, Leo, Judah, TobyMac, Marlee and Moses. (Photo: Submitted)

    "Cause of death has not been determined. 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 broke away in the middle of a week-long tour in Canada to join his wife and other children in Franklin, Tenn. He collaborated with his oldest on several tracks for TobyMac albums.

    Last year, TobyMac released a song called "Scars" that reflected on how his relationship with his eldest son started changing when Truett left home.

    “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," TobyMac raps in the song.


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    TobyMac and friends performed their “This Is Not a Test” tour in Nashville on Dec. 13. (Photo: Mark Humphrey / File / AP)


    The artist told The Tennessean last year that it was tough to see his oldest child living on his own.

    "Up to now, (our home has) been a safe harbor, a place of love. And now, you know, I have my first kid leave home. He's going and facing this world. ... To watch and see him get cut and get bruised, it's not easy."

    Truett's friends started posting memorial messages on the last post on the truettfoster Instagram page Wednesday afternoon.

    "I hope you are having the time of your life with the big guy in the sky," one wrote.

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    Toby McKeehan, professionally known as Christian artist TobyMac, plays with his son Truett, then 8, in
    the backyard of their Franklin, Tenn. home on April 16, 2007. (Photo: Shelley Mays, The Tennessean)


    Another message read: "Love you Tru you lit up a room and you were always so excited about life. You touched a lot of people and I will always remember how you made me feel. I just know you and the big homie are up there jamming right now."

    TobyMac’s concerts set for Thursday in Edmonton and Friday in Calgary have been postponed.

     
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    TobyMac's full statement on his son's death
    Here is TobyMac's full statement to the USA Today Network -- Tennessean, regarding the death of his son:

     
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    This is really sad.. he seems to love his son to life... I pray comforts this family as well..
    I was shocked to see both his son and Stampley's daughter died at the same time. Have Mercy..
     
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    Did he have a drug problem?
     
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    I don't know anything about the young man...I can only speculate; but looks like he was going through a hard time and his father was trying to be supportive...


     
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