TobyMac‘s younger son Truett Foster McKeehan‘s trigger of demise has been revealed.
A consultant for the Christian rapper confirms to PEOPLE that McKeehan died of an unintentional overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.
McKeehan died abruptly on Oct. 23. The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s workplace confirmed that medics responded to a cardiac arrest name on the household’s Tennessee residence. He was 21.
An aspiring rapper, McKeehan launched music on numerous platforms beneath the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster. Over the years, he additionally joined forces together with his father on a number of tracks. TobyMac had wrote the music “Scars” after his eldest son left residence to pursue his desires.
“He moved to L.A. and he’s making music and he’s doing his thing,” TobyMac instructed The Tennessean final October of the music’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 beforehand paid tribute to his son in an emotional assertion after his demise.
“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 an announcement 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.”
He went on to reward his son’s musical skills, calling him a “true artist.”
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“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 shared, earlier than reflecting on his son’s first present per week earlier than he died, which was “nothing short of electric.”
Earlier this month on Jan. 10, TobyMac launched a heartbreaking music titled “21 Years” and a music video in honor of his son.
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“’21 years’ is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart,” he wrote on Instagram, sharing a clip from the monitor’s music video. “Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us everyday.”
He continued, “Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.”
TobyMac, born Kevin McKeehan, additionally opened up concerning the loss on social media earlier that week. Remembering the passing of his son, he instructed followers the previous few months had been “the hardest” he’s ever confronted.
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“Part of my process has always been to write about the things I’m going through, but this went to a whole new level,” he shared. “What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song. ’21 Years’ is a song I never wanted to write.”
The musician added that he needs others may discover consolation within the monitor, saying, “I hope it’s for someone out there, or maybe it’s just for me.”
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