TobyMac’s 21-Year-Old Son Truett Foster McKeehan Died of an Accidental Overdose, Rep Confirms

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TobyMac’s son Truett Foster McKeehan’s cause of death has been revealed this week, three months after his sudden death in October.

A representative for the Christian rapper confirms that the 21-year-old died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.

McKeehan died suddenly on Oct. 23 at the family’s home in Nashville. The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that medics responded to a cardiac arrest call.

The aspiring rapper, also known as TRU, Shiloh, and Truett Foster, was both an inspiration and a collaborator on several of his father’s tracks over the years.

TobyMac’s hit song, “Scars,” was inspired by the oldest son’s decision to leave home, move to L.A. and pursue his dreams in 2018.

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“In that song, I just want him to know he’s not alone,” TobyMac told The Tennessean last October.

The grieving father paid tribute to his son in an emotional Instagram post the day after his sudden death.


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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,” the rapper wrote. “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.”

TobyMac went on to describe his last moment with his son in person. It was at the 21-year-old’s first show just one week prior to his death. The proud dad says “it was nothing short of electric.”

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“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 12. It couldn’t have been sweeter,” he wrote. “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.”

It’s a reflection of the things the musician wants people to remember about his son—one being his grit and experiences with the Lord.

“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.”


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He ended the post with a poignant statement on behalf of himself and his wife about the hope they have found in Jesus.

“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.”

Earlier this month, TobyMac released a heart wrenching song called “21 Years,” and a music video in honor of his son.

“’21 years’ is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart,” he wrote on Instagram, with a clip from the music video. “Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us everyday.”


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He continued, “Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.”

The rapper recently opened up about “21 Years,” calling it the “song I never wanted to write.”

He thanked fans for the love and support throughout the last several months saying they have been “the hardest I have ever faced.”

“Part of my [songwriting] process has always been to write about the things I’m going through, but this went to a whole new level. What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song.”

The musician added that he hopes others will also find comfort in the track, saying, “I hope it’s for someone out there, or maybe it’s just for me.”

Our continued prayers are with the McKeehan family.

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