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On October 24, Christian musician TobyMac and his family mourned the sudden passing of his 21-year-old son Truett.
A rep for the family told The Tennessean, “Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.”
Truett was an up and coming rapper who collaborated with his father under the name truDog for the songs “LoudNClear” and ““Hype Man (truDog ’07’).” He’s also performed using the names TRU, Moxie, Shiloh and Truett Foster.
Toby released a statement that afternoon (October 24) honoring his son, calling him “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.”
Exactly a month after news broke of Truett’s passing, his family and friends laid him to rest. TobyMac shared a few words about it on Twitter, along with some accompanying photos of the emotional day.
“As we enter this week of Thanksgiving we have something we’d like to share… Such overwhelming love has surrounded us this last month. We still don’t quite know which end is up but we do KNOW, we are loved. As we mourn our firstborn son, God has poured out His love on us through people. He has loved us through you….your kind acts and words and prayers and thoughts and songs and poems and teachings and gifts and meals and time and expertise and travel have made death bearable,” he wrote. “You have been God’s light to us in our darkest days – A comfort to our broken hearts. We have experienced family at every layer and every turn. From the closest to those who have loved from a distance, thank you, thank you a thousand times over. We are grateful for your gentle and compassionate hearts. It is something we will never forget. Community as it should be…the body at its best. How God must be pleased! Also- We’ve been encouraging ourselves to stand on this…the place of death is actually where all that we believe is most significant. That God has the power to do what he promised, defeat death and give life to anyone who believes. So from the valley of the shadow of death we pray a flood of thankfulness will rise this week. Thankfulness to a kind God who is not afraid. The Father of the Heavenly lights…who shines most beautifully in the darkness, and gives us everything we need.”
Pallbearers wore red hooded sweatshirts with one of Truett’s pseudonyms “Shiloh” printed on the front. See Tobymac’s entire Twitter thread, with all the photos, below.
Just last year, TobyMac debuted a new song called “Scars” that was meant to convey his feelings about his relationship with his son – and how it had changed since he left home. You can watch it below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with TobyMac and his family during this very difficult time.