The heartbreaking final messages Christian rapper TobyMac’s 21-year-old son Truett Foster McKeehan sent his father just days before he suddenly died at the family’s Nashville home have been revealed.
The Grammy award winning artist shared the texts as he paid tribute to his oldest son, calling him ‘magnetic’ with an ‘untamable grand personality and dreams to match’.
TobyMac, 55, said the last moment the pair shared was at his son’s first show last Thursday at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.
He said: ‘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.’
In the messages TobyMac tells his son: ‘I wanted to tell you how proud I was of you last night…Your show was amazing and I think you’ve got the “it” factor which is very important but explainable. your joy is infectious and you invite people into it. But one more thing.
‘I was very very very proud of you when you went down and stood on the front row after most people left you watched nathan show from the front row and encouraged him…that kind of thing right there will take you farther than great art…God doesn’t miss those things like he notices things like that and blesses us I promise.’
Truett replies: ‘love you dad. thank you so much. you have always believed in me. make me feel like a superhero.’
Aspiring rapper Truett had performed as Shiloh, truDog, and TRU and had collaborated with his dad on tracks.
His 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.’
A cause of death has not been determined but the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed he died Wednesday.
The Nashville Fire Department said McKeehan was pronounced dead at the scene after they were called at around 10:50 am to reports of a person in cardiac arrest.
TOBYMAC’S HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE TO HIS SON IN FULL
Rapper TobyMac has shared the following heartbreaking tribute to his eldest son, Truett Foster Mckeehan, who died suddenly on Wednesday.
He writes: ‘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 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.’
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.
The statement from his reps continued: ‘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.’
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.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Lauren Fruen