TobyMac is mourning the death of his oldest child, Truett Foster McKeehan.
In a statement, a representative confirmed the Christian rapper's 21-year-old son's passing on Thursday (October 24). "Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning," the statement read. "Cause of death has not been determined."
The Davidson County Medical Examiner's office has since confirmed he died on Wednesday (October 23), USA Today reports.
"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," the rep continued. "We just ask that everyone please be respectful of their privacy during this time and allow them to grieve their loss."
Truett was an aspiring rapper, who went by the name of Shiloh. Just days ago, he'd shared a video to Instagram of his first live show. "last night it all kinda came together... thank you to everyone who has supported me through the thick and thin," Truett captioned the post.
In TobyMac's song "Scars" — released last year — the father-of-five reflected on how his relationship with his son changed once 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. "You are not alone, we've all been there. So lift your head, lift your head, lift your head to where your help comes from."
Last October, the 55-year-old rapper spoke about Truett's music career to The Tennessean. "He moved to L.A. and he's making music and he's doing his thing," he shared. "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."
"I still believe a song can move somebody's heart," TobyMac continued. "And I think that's important. It's easy when you've been doing it a long time to grow cold to that. But I haven't. Every song I write, I still think, 'This is for someone out there.' That's the way I go about it."
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