Christian rapper TobyMac has suffered a tragic loss — his 21-year-old son Truett Foster McKeehan has died.
The Tennessean reports a 911 call was placed Wednesday morning with a report of someone in cardiac arrest at the family’s Nashville home. First responders arrived at 10:50 a.m. and a spokesperson from the Nashville Fire Department confirmed to the paper that Truett was pronounced dead.
His death is now under investigation, and an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner’s office.
TobyMac’s rep told The Tennessean in a statement, “Toby was traveling back from Canada and did not get home to be with his family until after midnight (Wednesday) 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.”
Truett was an aspiring rapper and the eldest of TobyMac and wife Amanda’s five children. He went by various stage names, including TRU and Shiloh.
TobyMac, real name Kevin McKeehan, featured Truett on some of his songs, and wrote a track about him last year called “Scars.”
TobyMac told The Tennessean that he wrote the song so his son wouldn’t feel alone while making his way in the world. “He moved to L.A. and he’s making music and he’s doing his thing,” he said. “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.”