Christian pop artist TobyMac’s eldest son, Truett Foster McKeehan, passed away at his home in Nashville sometime Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday, the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office also confirmed McKeehan’s death.
“Cause of death has not been determined,” the office stated. “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.”
McKeehan’s death comes as TobyMac was in the middle of a week-long tour in Canada. He postponed the remainder of his appearances to be home with his family in Tennessee.
Last year, TobyMac released a song called “Scars,” which he dedicated to McKeehan, who had moved out of the family home to venture out on his own.
The Christian entertainer said in a video explaining the meaning of the song that, as parents, “sometimes we insulate those things [life’s hardships] from the ones we love, our children.”
“So to see them go out there and do this real world, it’s painful. I wrote this one for my boy,” he explained. “I wanted to let him know that I’m here for him and God is there for him. So lift your head, my son, to where your help comes from.”
When the song first came out, TobyMac told The Tennesseean about how difficult it has been to watch his firstborn son grow up and move to Los Angeles to begin his own music career.
“Up to now,” he said, “[our home’s] 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.”
“In that song,” the 55-year-old artist added, “I just want him to know he’s not alone.”
As news of McKeehan’s passing started to spread, Instagram users turned to the last post on the young rapper’s page, published five days ago, offering their condolences and well wishes.
Please pray for TobyMac and the entire McKeehan family.