The eldest son of veteran Christian musician TobyMac (born Kevin Michael McKeehan) died on Wednesday, October 23. Truett Foster McKeehan was found deceased at his Nashville home. He was 21.
“Toby was traveling back from Canada and did not get home to be with his family until after midnight last night,” a rep for the singer said. “We just ask that everyone please be respectful of their privacy during this time and allow them to grieve their loss.”
Truett was an aspiring rapper and had collaborated with his father in the past. TobyMac first found success in the Christian music industry in the late 80’s as the lead singer for contemporary group DC Talk. He remained with them until 2000 before launching a solo career. He has earned 7 Grammys and sold more than 10 million albums over the course of his career.
Toby took to social media Thursday evening to remember his son, calling him “magnetic” and said his son “wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell.”
“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,” Toby wrote. “His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match.”
Along with the lengthy statement, Toby shared photos of his son, including a screenshot of the final text he and Truett had exchanged. In the text, Toby tells Truett how proud he is of him. Truett responded by thanking his dad and saying, “You have always believed in me…make me feel like a superhero.”
Read TobyMac’s full statement below. Our prayers continue to be with TobyMac and his family during this difficult time.