Truett Foster McKeehan, the eldest son of Christian rapper TobyMac, died on Wednesday. He was 21 years old.
A rep for TobyMac, whose real name is Toby McKeehan, has confirmed that Truett passed away at his Nashville home.
“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 singer’s rep said. “We just ask that everyone please be respectful of their privacy during this time and allow them to grieve their loss.”
No further details about his death were provided. Truett was an aspiring rapper and has collaborated with his father on a few tracks.
TobyMac is understood to have left during the middle of his week-long tour in Canada as news of the tragedy broke to be with his wife and other children.
Truett’s last Instagram post was a video of him performing five days ago. He wrote: ‘last night it all kinda came together… thank you to everyone who has supported me through the thick and thin.’
Rapper TobyMac, who has topped the Billboard’s Christian Songs chart six times, left the tour earlier this week, citing a family emergency.
A message to fans read: ‘A recent situation has caused us to have to stop the TobyMac Canadian tour today.
‘This morning Toby received information of an emergency in his family, and he will be flying home to Nashville immediately.’
In a track about their relationship as Truett left home, TobyMac rapped: ‘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.’
He told The Tennessean in 2018: ‘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.’