Truett Foster McKeehan who is the eldest son of Christian rapper and singer Toby “TobyMac” McKeehan suddenly passed away Tuesday night or early hours of wednesday morning, since the time of death is not clearly ascertained. He was 21 years old.
According to USA Today, “Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” the family’s rep said in a statement.
“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,” the rep added.
McKeehan, also known as Truett Forster, TRU and Shiloh online, was a budding rapper in the secular scene. He has released a number of independent songs as well as collaborated with his father on several of Mac’s albums including DC Talk’s Solo EP, Momentum, Re:Mix Momentum, Welcome to Diverse City, Portable Sounds, Tonight and Eye on It. McKeehan was also featured in the song “Backseat driver” from This Is Not a Test and hit song “Alone” on Christian artist Hollyn’s self-titled EP.
Reportedly Mac’s song “Scars” was also written about how his relationship with McKeehan had changed after he moved out on his own. Mac told the Tennessean last year that he was struggling to watch his son get beaten up by the world.
The chorus of the song reads: “When life cuts so deep/ Try and remember / You, you’re not alone / We’ve all been there / Scars come with livin’ / You, you’re not alone / We’ve all been there / So, lift your head, lift your head / Lift your head to where your help comes from / You, you’re not alone.”
According to his Instagram account, last week, McKeehan played his first live show to some success. He thanked those who came out to support him writing, “Last night it all kinda came together…thank you to everyone who has supported me through the thick and thin.”
Mac has yet to release a statement regarding the loss of his eldest son but according to the Tennessean, he has postponed his Thursday concert in Edmonton and his Friday concert in Calgary.
McKeehan is survived by his Father Toby “TobyMac” McKeehan, Mother Amanda McKeehan, and four siblings, twins Moses and Marlee (21), Leo (14) and Judah (13).