Christian rapper TobyMac paid homage to his 21-year-old son, Truett Foster Mckeehan, on Thursday (Oct. 24) after Mckeehan was found dead in Nashville, Tennessee, this week.
“Truett Foster Mckeehan had joy that took the room when he entered. He was a magnetic son and brother and friend,” TobyMac (born Kevin Michael McKeehan) wrote in an emotional In Memoriam post. “If you met him, you knew him, you remembered him. 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.”
A representative for TobyMac said Mckeenhan, the rapper’s oldest son, died sometime “Tuesday night or Wednesday morning” and a cause of death has not been determined, according to the Associated Press. TobyMac has won seven Grammys, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Christian rap/rock group DC Talk.
“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,” a representative told The Tennessean. “We just ask that everyone please be respectful of their privacy during this time and allow them to grieve their loss.”
TobyMac’s statement continued by describing Truett Foster as a musician who expressed himself by writing, recording, producing, mixing and designing the artwork for his projects.
“All of it. A true artist. His first show was a week ago, and it was nothing short of electric,” he said. “Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand.”
The rapper recalled his final moments with his son at the show last Thursday at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, standing in the audience “as proud as a ‘pop’ (as tru called me) could be. It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12. It couldn’t have been sweeter. Our music, and what we say lyrically couldn’t be more different, but the outcome was much the same… offering a room full of people a few minutes of joy in a crazy world.”
He also posted their final text exchange, in which he shared how proud he was of his son, calling his joy “infectious” and praising him for going into the audience to watch the other act on the bill. “God doesn’t miss those things like he notices things like that and blesses us I promise,” he wrote. “You have always believed in me,” Truett responded. “Make me feel like a superhero.” Click here to read the full letter.
Sheryl Crow also offered her condolences via Twitter. “Life is so fragile,” she wrote.
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 25, 2019