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TobyMac Pays Tribute to Late Son Truett McKeehan: 'He Had a Grand Personality and Dreams to Match'

Christian rapper TobyMac is remembering his son Truett Foster McKeehan, who died suddenly on Wednesday at his Tennessee home at the age of

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 a statement 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.

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TobyMac (born Kevin McKeehan), went on to praise his son&#x;s musical talents, calling him a true artist.

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 rapper added, before reflecting on his son&#x;s first show a week ago, which was nothing short of electric.

Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could&#x;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&#x;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, he continued.

An aspiring rapper, McKeehan released music on various platforms under the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster. Over the years he also joined forces with his father on several tracks.

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Like his father, religion played an important part in McKeehan&#x;s life, although he was not a cookie-cutter Christian.

Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King, TobyMac wrote. He was by no means a cookie-cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That&#x;s who Truett was and how he should be remembered.

The rapper went on to reflect in-depth on the last moment he shared with his son while attending his concert at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee last Thursday.

I had to leave the next morning very early to fly and start our Canadian tour. As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was as proud as a &#x;pop&#x; (as tru called me) could be, he noted. It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was It couldn&#x;t have been sweeter. Our music, and what we say lyrically couldn&#x;t be more different, but the outcome was much the same&#x; offering a room full of people a few minutes of joy in a crazy world.

Sharing a screenshot from their last text exchange, the proud pop packed on the praise as he told his son how very very very proud he was.

I wanted to tell you how proud I was of your last night&#x;Your show was amazing and I think you got the &#x;it&#x; factor which is very important but unexplainable. Your joy is infectious and you invite people into it, he wrote, adding that he was also moved how he encouraged and supported another artist after most people left.

That kind of thing right there will take you farther than great art&#x; God doesn&#x;t miss those things, he wrote. He notices things like that and blesses us I promise.

In response, his son replied, Love you dad.

Thank you so much. You have always believed in me, he continued, noting that his father&#x;s support made me feel like a superhero.

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Truett Foster McKeehan and TobyMac
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Concluding his statement, TobyMac shared one final message on behalf of him and his wife.

We don&#x;t follow God because we have some sort of under the table deal with Him, like we&#x;ll follow you if you bless us. We follow God because we love Him. It&#x;s our honor. He is the God of the hills and the valleys. And He is beautiful above all things, he wrote.

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Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, a representative for TobyMac confirmed in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, adding that a cause of death has not been determined.

The Davidson County Medical Examiner&#x;s office confirmed he died Wednesday after medics responded to a cardiac arrest call at the family&#x;s home.

TobyMac recently penned song Scars after his eldest son left home to pursue his dreams.

He moved to L.A. and he&#x;s making music and he&#x;s doing his thing, TobyMac told The Tennessean last October of the song&#x;s inspiration But to watch him go through that, and watch him get bruised, it&#x;s not easy. So that&#x;s one of the ways life has changed. In that song, I just want him to know he&#x;s not alone.

TobyMac has since paused his week-long Canadian tour to be with his family at their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

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TobyMac's son died of an accidental overdose

Truett McKeehan, 21, died in October at his home near Nashville.
Family spokeswoman Velvet Kelm confirmed that he died as a result of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.
McKeehan was the oldest of TobyMac's five children and an up-and-coming musician who performed under the names Truett Foster, truDog, TRU and Shiloh.
He collaborated with his father on several albums and TobyMac recently released a song titled "21 Years" as a tribute to his son.
Following his death, TobyMac wrote a tribute which included memories about his final moments with his son where he watched McKeehan perform a show.
TobyMac shared a screenshot of their final text exchange in which he told his son how proud he was to see him on stage.
McKeehan wrote in response, "love you dad," before adding, "you have always believed in me" and "make me feel like a superhero."
"Truett Foster Mckeehan had joy that took the room when he entered," his father wrote in his tribute. "He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him you knew him, you remembered him."
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Autopsy: TobyMac's son died of accidental overdose

TobyMac‘s son died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines, Davidson County autopsy and toxicology results show.

Truett Foster McKeehan, the Christian rapper's year-old son, died Oct. 23 in Nashville. McKeehan was found at a home in the block of Harlin Drive in the city's Radnor neighborhood, about seven miles south of downtown.

A recently released autopsy, conducted Oct. 24 by Davidson County Medical Examiner Feng Li, shows McKeehan died as a result of "acute combined drug intoxication." His manner of death was accidental. 

In the report, Li said McKeehan had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as possible nitrous oxide use. He was discovered unresponsive in bed by a friend conducting a welfare check on Oct. Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas. 

In addition to fentanyl, a toxicology report found McKeehan had adderall and marijuana in his system at the time of death. 

Metro Nashville police did not initially disclose a suspected cause of death.

McKeehan is one of people who died of drug overdoses in Davidson County last year, with 64 percent of those deaths involving fentanyl, Metro Public Health Department records show.

Truett Foster McKeehan and his father, Toby McKeehan

An aspiring rapper, McKeehan penned songs under the pseudonyms TRU, Moxie and as truDog. 

On the day he died, the Nashville Fire Department responded during the late morning hours to a report of a person in cardiac arrest at the home. McKeehan was pronounced dead on arrival.

TobyMac, known also as Kevin Michael McKeehan, postponed the remaining dates of a week-long Canadian tour to return home to his wife and other children in Franklin, Tennessee.

In a statement made soon after the death, TobyMac said his son "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. His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match."

By the time he was six years old, McKeehan had a song on a gold album.

The rapper's son made his musical debut with his dad on his album "Welcome To Diverse City."

Fans got to hear McKeehan grow up as he made appearances on five consecutive TobyMac albums, often with his own dedicated track, through age  

Over the last two years, he started to carve out his own career, releasing his latest self-produced single, "Eyes," in June. 

TobyMac and his family launched the Truett Foster Foundation — an organization raising college scholarship funds for underserved youth — in honor of McKeehan. Funds raised by the foundation plan to provide college scholarships to vulnerable youth to "realize their God-given potential to change the lives of others." 

TobyMac released song about son's death

Earlier this month, TobyMac released "21 Years," a new song grappling with the unexpected death of his oldest son. 

In releasing "21 Years," TobyMac shared a note detailing the grief that followed. The song provides "an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning," he said.

 A sobering, four-minute reflection, TobyMac sings in the chorus: "Are you singin' with the angels?/ Are you happy where you are?/ Well, until this show is over/ And you run into my arms/ God has you in Heaven/ But I have you in my heart." 

When The Tennessean asked for a statement from TobyMac in connection with his son's death, a rep responded: "The song is his statement."

Dave Paulson contributed to this report. Reach Natalie Neysa Alund at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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TobyMac is mourning the death of his son. He honored his memory beautifully at Milwaukee show.

TobyMac walked onto the stage at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Friday night. 

There was no band at first. There was no music. 

“The last four months of my life have been the hardest and darkest months I've ever lived,” the Christian pop star, born Kevin Michael McKeehan, told the hushed, sold-out crowd.

In October, TobyMac’s son, Truett Foster McKeehan, died. He accidentally overdosed on fentanyl and amphetamines, according to autopsy and toxicology reports. He was 21 years old.

"Thank you for your cards, letters, your kind social media posts that have encouraged us, but mostly I want to say thank you for your prayers," TobyMac continued. "Me and my family are really grateful to you." 

After his opening comments, TobyMac’s band Diversecity took the stage to play the title track of his latest album, ’s “The Elements.” 

“This world always trying to rip my family apart,” TobyMac rapped from a small stage in the middle of an arena floor, seething. He punched the air one moment, dropped down to his knees the next, as snow started to fall over him. 

“I’m gonna go down swingin’, if I’m gonna go down,” he sang on the chorus, again and again, over Tim Rosenau’s ferocious guitar roars.

Unless you’ve experienced loss like TobyMac has, it’s impossible to fathom the pain he’s going through, to completely grasp how difficult it must be to entertain thousands of people night after night while going through such grief. 

And yet about a third of the way into the hour-andminute set, TobyMac vowed he and the band were going to give the show everything they had, and he was true to his word.

TobyMac performs at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday, March 6,

With brass blaring, TobyMac and Diversecity strutted down the catwalk for the frothy "Elements" track “Everything.” With poignancy and purpose, and even jubilance, he sang about shattering your jaded mindset, of opening your eyes to wonder, for “Edge of Your Seat,” also from "Elements," one of seven songs in the middle of the set TobyMac and the eight-piece band performed on that small second stage.

Despite his sorrow, TobyMac was eager to please and seemed to take comfort in his fans' happiness. He fist-bumped and high-fived dozens of fans. He posed for selfies, and sang "Happy Birthday" to a girl celebrating her sweet 16, with some funky backing from the band. For the feel-great, funk-pop finale "Feel It," dozens of fans, mostly teenagers and children, danced with the band on the stage.

And TobyMac processed the loss of his son, and honored his memory, with a song he wrote after his death, "21 Years."

"Heart shattered in a thousand ways/They tell me pain gonna come in waves," TobyMac sang. "They tell me I'm gonna be okay/I'm still waitin' for the first to break."

"God has you in heaven/But I have you in my heart."

As the song reached its climax, snippets of black-and-white home movies of Truett as a child flashed on the video panels above the stage. Diversecity's Gabe Real Patillo looked into TobyMac's anguished eyes, placed his hand on his shoulder and briefly took the lead on vocals, as "21 Years" segued into a somber, slower rendition of "See The Light."

It's also from "Elements," written before Truett's death. But it's a song someone who has lost someone close to them — as its singer now has — could deeply understand.

"Some things will never be the same," TobyMac sang Friday. "And just the thought of letting go/It's brought you to your knees."

"You can make it through the night," he continued. "You wake up just a little bit stronger. So hold on just a little bit longer."

"You and me, yeah you and me, we're gonna see the light."

Tauren Wells opens for TobyMac at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday, March 6,

Tauren Wells, five other acts, opened

When TobyMac tours arenas, he gives his fans a lot of bang for their buck. For the “Hits Deep” tour stop in Milwaukee, he brought along not one, not two, but six openers. 

Tauren Wells was the slickest act on the undercard, cruising through funk pop jams like new single “Love Me” with plenty of confidence and a touch of choreography. 

Paramedic-turned-musician Ryan Stevenson’s songs of praise were clear crowd pleasers — but the warmest response was for his covers of his little boys’ silly songs, including one about vampires called “Apples and Hallelujah.”

Jordan Feliz played a new, unreleased track, “Glorify,” that became an effective arena rock rouser before the first chorus — likely because it sounded like a lot of his other songs.

Jordan Feliz opens for TobyMac at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday, March 6,

Rapper Aaron Cole’s sound was muted, but cleared up just in time for his signature “One More Day.”

We Are Messengers offered more lyrical nuance than its swelling rock anthems would imply, with Darren Mulligan accepting suffering on “Maybe It’s Ok.”

Cochren and Co. singer Michael Cochren didn’t have a band to back him, but a big, soulful voice was fair compensation for his two songs.

Aaron Cole opens for TobyMac at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Friday, March 6,

TobyMac's comments about his son

"The last four months of my life have been the hardest and darkest months I've ever lived. For those that don't know, four months ago, my wife and I lost our year-old son. It's been brutal. But I wanted to come out here at the top of the night and say thank you for your cards, letters, your kind social media posts that have encouraged us, but mostly I want to say thank you for your prayers. Me and my family are really grateful to you. And I know by no means are we the only ones facing something hard. I know some of you have pain in your life, some of you have heartbreak and maybe even loss. A friend once told me, 'When you go through something that tragic, you might start reaching for something you think God promised us, but maybe he really didn't.' God didn't promise us we wouldn't have our hearts broken. He didn't promise us we wouldn't face pain or loss. But what God did promise us, and what God does promise us, is that he will never leave us or forsake us. I am holding onto that promise with everything I have, for myself and my family, for you guys, and for my son."

"A lot of people have been so gracious and so kind these last few months, and have come up to me and said things like, 'You're going to see him again. You're going to see your son again Toby.' And you know what? I believe that with all my heart. I trust in God. The question is why, why do I have the promise to see my son again? Because his good outweighed his bad? No. As a matter of fact he was my wild child, my beautiful wild child. His good did not outweigh his bad. And you know what? My good does not outweigh my bad. There's only one reason: for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. That right there, that is a gift, that is a gift, to all of us. But like any gift, you have to accept the gift. I ain't no preacher, but if you have not looked into accepting that gift, tonight can be your night. You could be at home, on your pillow, in the privacy of your room, but look into accepting that gift. I know my son did. I know because we talked about it many, many times. The way I see it, God gave his firstborn son so I can see my firstborn son again."

The set list  

1. "The Elements"

2. "Lights Shine Bright"

3. "Backseat Driver"

4. "Everything"

5. "21 Years"

6. "See The Light"

7. "Made To Love"

8. "Lose My Soul"

9. "Speak Life" (with Ryan Stevenson)

"Hello Future"

"Til The Day I Die"

"Overflow"

"Edge Of My Seat" (with Michael Cochren of Cochren and Co.)

"Me Without You"

"City On Our Knees"

"In The Arms"

"Starts With Me" (with Aaron Cole)

"Move (Keep Walkin')"

"Eye On It"

"Love Broke Thru" 

"I Just Need U"

"Feel It" (with Tauren Wells)

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Toby Mac remembers son Truett on birthday

Just less than a year after his son's passing, TobyMac remembered his son in a heartfelt social media post.

The Christian artist took to Instagram on Sept. 4, on what would have been Truett Foster McKeehan's 22nd birthday.

"Remembering my beautiful, flavorful, spontaneously hilarious, hard loving son on his 22nd birthday," TobyMac wrote.

"I am proud to be your Dad, Tru always was, always will be! And you’re STILL reminding me to breath in the moment. I love you boy."

McKeehan died in Oct. of an overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines. He was 21 at the time and TobyMac's oldest son.

McKeehan was found dead in his Tennessee home on Oct.

At the time of McKeehan's death, TobyMac was on tour in Canada. His son had also been pursuing a career in music.

Shortly after his son's death, TobyMac released an emotional statement about McKeehan.

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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. 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 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. His first show was a week ago, and it was nothing short of electric. 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. Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King. He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That’s who Truett was and how he should be remembered. My last moment with Truett in person was at his first show this past Thursday at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. I had to leave the next morning very early to fly and start our Canadian tour. As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was 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 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. Our last text exchange is shared above (swipe). My wife and I would want the world to know this We don’t follow God because we have some sort of under-the-table deal with Him, like, we’ll follow you if you bless us. We follow God because we love Him. It’s our honor. He is the God of the hills and the valleys. And He is beautiful above all things.

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"(He) had joy that took the room when he entered. He was a magnetic son and brother and friend," TobyMac wrote. "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.

"He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That’s who Truett was and how he should be remembered."

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TobyMac Shares Emotional Tribute to Late Son Truett, 21, During Concert: 'It's Been Really Hard'

TobyMac took a moment to remember his late son while performing at the L.A. Forum on Saturday night.

The Christian singer, 55, was performing as part of his Hits Deep arena tour when he paused to address the recent death of his year-old son, Truett Foster McKeehan.

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I just want to start out by telling you it&#x;s been really hard, the Grammy winner, born Kevin McKeehan, said at the opening of the show, as seen in videos taken by fans. But I want to thank you for the letters that have been sent to us, the cards, the social media posts to encourage us &#x; but mostly, I want to say, thank you for the prayers. And I know by no means are we the only ones going through something hard. I know you guys are going through your own pain and heartache and loss.

TobyMac&#x;s eldest son McKeehan, 21, died on Oct. of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE in January. The Davidson County Medical Examiner&#x;s office confirmed that medics responded to a cardiac arrest call at the family&#x;s Tennessee home.

And a friend once told me this: &#x;When you experience something like that you&#x;re going to start reaching for things that you think are the promises of God&#x; but maybe they weren&#x;t things that God promised at all. He didn&#x;t promise us that we wouldn&#x;t experience heartbreak or pain or loss.&#x; But he said, &#x;Make sure you find what he did promise us. And that is that he will never leave us or forsake us,&#x; the father of five continued.

I&#x;m hanging onto that promise for myself and you as well as my son, TobyMac said. And I just want to say, we came from Nashville to love on you guys with some music. So let&#x;s do that.

RELATED: TobyMac Pays Tribute to His Late Son in Heartbreaking Song and Music Video

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TobyMac later brought up his son again during the concert, according to Variety, telling the audience he knows he will see him again one day.

A lot of people have come up to me and said, &#x;You know what, Toby? You&#x;re gonna see him again.&#x; And I believe that with all my heart. I truly do, he said, in another video shared by a fan. But the question is, why? Why do I get to see him again? Because his goods outweigh his bads? No. Nah, he was my wild child. His good didn&#x;t outweigh his bad, just like my good doesn&#x;t outweigh my bad. I get to see him again for one reason: &#x;For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.&#x; I&#x;m holding onto that.

TobyMac also reportedly performed his musical eulogy to his son, 21 Years, which he released in January.

McKeehan was an aspiring rapper and released music on various platforms under the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster. Over the years, he also joined forces with his father, who wrote the song Scars after his eldest son left home to pursue his dreams.

TobyMac previously paid tribute to his late son in an emotional statement after his death.

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, he wrote in a statement 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.

RELATED: TobyMac&#x;s Son Truett McKeehan Died of an Accidental Overdose of 2 Substances, Rep Confirms

TobyMac went on to praise his son&#x;s musical talents, calling him a true artist.

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 singer shared, before reflecting on his son&#x;s first show a week before he died, which was nothing short of electric.

Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could&#x;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&#x;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, he said.

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Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac and his family are still in mourning three months after losing a member of their family. The artist &#x; whose real name is Toby McKeehan &#x; has had 20 singles on the Billboard Christians Song List, and he was a member of the Christian rap trio DC Talk. In addition to putting out content about having faith, TobyMac is extremely family-oriented. 

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He and wife Amanda McKeehan married in and the pair shares five kids together, including son Truett, who wanted to pursue a rap career. 

What happened to TobyMac's son Truett? The Christian singer opened up about what happened to his son in an emotional statement on Instagram. 

What happened to TobyMac's son?

TobyMac confirmed that his son, who had been going by the stage name Truett Foster, passed away on Oct. According to the Nashville Police and Fire Department, the year-old was found unresponsive at the home he was staying in. When authorities arrived to the residence at around 11 a.m., Truett was allegedly in cardiac arrest. He was dead upon their arrival. 

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TobyMac's representative did confirm the news of Truett's passing soon after in a brief statement. "Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning," the rep said to USA Today Network Tennessee.On Jan. 21, it was confirmed that Truett died as a result of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines, People reported.

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The bereaved father shared sentiments about his late son in a tribute he posted on Oct. 24 via Instagram. TobyMac included four photos that reminded him of his son, including a shot with Truett holding a surfboard, one with him rapping, a text exchange between the father and son, and a photo of the two together. 

"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. 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," TobyMac began his statement.

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TobyMac then went on to discuss Truett's music career, which he said was really starting to take off. Truett had been touring, a venture which had begun a week before his death. He said that his son refused to take the easy route to try to follow in his father's footsteps. His stage name showed that.

The singer also detailed Truett's strong relationship to God, and that he wasn't a "cookie cutter Christian."

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"My last moment with Truett in person was at his first show this past Thursday at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee," he wrote toward the end of his statement. 

"I had to leave the next morning very early to fly and start our Canadian tour. As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was 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 It couldn&#x;t have been sweeter."

While it's unclear yet what the aspiring rap star died from, an autopsy report is being done. 

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TobyMac released a song about Truett called "21 years."

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On Jan. 10 &#x; not even three months following his son's unexpected death &#x; the bereaved father took to Instagram to announce the release of a new song about losing Truett.

"The last couple of months have been the hardest I&#x;ve ever faced. Thank you for the love and support," TobyMac captioned the post, explaining that part of his music-writing process has been to tackle things he's going through in life.

He continued, "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. I hope it&#x;s for someone out there, or maybe it&#x;s just for me."

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Seriously, though. If you decide to give TobyMac's new single a listen, definitely grab a box of tissues. Because it is so raw.

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TobyMac had previously spoken out about his shifting relationship to Truett.

When TobyMac released his album Elements in , he spoke about his inspiration for some of the songs. The album's arguably most emotional song, "Scars," was based on his changing relationship to Truett, he said.  

I had a few people in mind when I wrote it, but subconsciously I started focusing on Truett, my firstborn son, talking to him a little about what life is throwing at him," he told Billboard Magazine when he released the album. "I wanted him to know that he&#x;s not alone when the world might get the best of him from time to time. When he looks up and he&#x;s got some scars, I wanted him to know that we all face those things and that he&#x;s not alone in it.

He also told The Tennessean that the song showed the shift in his relationship to Truett. As Truett got older and was becoming more independent, it was hard for TobyMac to let go and allow his son to face hardships on his own.

Our thoughts are with TobyMac and his family at this incredibly difficult time. Truett leaves behind his parents and four siblings, Marlee, Moses, Leo, and Judah. 

Sours: https://www.distractify.com/p/what-happened-tobymacs-son


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