Written by: Gillian Fraser

The Christian world is standing with rapper TobyMac as he mourns the tragic loss of his 21-year-old son Truett Foster Mckeehan who passed away on Wednesday in Toby’s 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.

No further details about his death were provided. Truett was an aspiring rapper and has collaborated with his father on a few tracks.

TobyMac has shared the following on his website and social media accounts:

TRUETT FOSTER MCKEEHAN – IN MEMORIAM

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.

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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 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.

Our last text exchange …

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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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Christians have been offering their prayers and condolences on Twitter for TobyMac’s family.

Harvest pastor Greg Laurie was among those asking Christians to pray after news of Truett Foster McKeehan’s death emerged.

“Let’s all be praying for@tobymac and his family as they mourn the passing of Toby and Amanda’s son, Truett. May ‘The God of all comfort’ be with them,” he wrote.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said: “Our prayers are with@TobyMac, a longtime friend of the ministry, as he grieves the loss of his oldest son.

“We pray that God’s Word is a comfort to his family during this difficult time. ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’ —Psalm 34:18.”

Gary Levox, lead singer of country group Rascal Flatts, said he was “heartbroken” for the family. “God draws himself closer to the broken-hearted. Everyone please cast a prayer over the family!” he told his fans.

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Date published: 26/10/2019
Feature image: TobyMac and his 21-year-old son Truett Foster Mckeehan

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