On Wednesday, October 23, Truett Foster Mckeehan, son of Christian music artist TobyMac, passed away at his home in Franklin, TN, according to a statement made to USA Today via a family representative.
McKeehan, a promising rap artist himself, had just performed his first live show at the Factory in Franklin just one week ago. Better known as Tru, Shiloh or truDog, McKeehan had collaborated with his dad on numerous songs throughout the years.
Thursday, October 17, the night of his first concert, would be the last time TobyMac saw his son.
As TobyMac attended his son’s first live show, he couldn’t have been more proud. “As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was as proud as a “pop”… could be. It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12. It couldn’t have been sweeter,” TobyMac penned.
After the show, he sent a text to Truett saying, “I wanted to tell you how proud I was of you last night… Your show was amazing,” TobyMac said, “and I think you got the ‘it’ factor which is very important but unexplainable. Your joy is infectious, and you invite people into it…”
Truett’s response would make any father emotional: “I love you, dad. Thank you so much. You have always believed in me. Make me feel like a superhero.” These were the last words that father and son would exchange with one another.
TobyMac and his wife, Amanda, had a message that they wanted everyone who heard about the death of their son to hear as they continue to lean into God during their tragedy.
“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.”
Last year, TobyMac released a song named Scars in which he shares how his relationship with Truett had changed since his son moved out of the house to LA to pursue his music career. In an interview with The Tennessean last year, TobyMac said it wasn’t easy watching his son “get bruised” by the world. He wanted to use the song to let his son know that he wasn’t alone in his struggles.
Reflecting on the path his son was on, TobyMac said, “He was by no means a cookie-cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing,” he said. “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.”
The cause of Truett Foster McKeehan’s death is still unknown.