A representative for the McKeehan family has confirmed to People that Truett Foster McKeehan, a rapper and the son of famed Christian artist TobyMac, died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.
He was just 21 years old when he passed away on October 23.
Since then TobyMac has written several moving tributes to his youngest son and released a song called “21 Years”, dedicated to his memory.
In an Instagram post following his death, TobyMac wrote, “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.”
Though effective for treating severe pain for some patients, the synthetic opioid fentanyl has been linked to thousands of accidental overdoses and is a major contributor to the nation’s opioid crisis. A 2016 report found that synthetic opioids (particularly fentanyl) were involved in half of all opioid-related deaths in the U.S.
In fact, overdoses are the leading cause of death of Americans under 50.
TobyMac and his wife Amanda have started a foundation in honor of their son that will help young creatives pursue their art goals. You can read more about that project here.