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Christian rapper TobyMac's son dead at 21

Truett Foster McKeehan died in Nashville on Wednesday, the Davidson County Medical Examiner's office confirmed to NBC News.
Image; TobyMac performs in Orlando, Fla., in 2016.
TobyMac performs in Orlando, Fla., in 2016.John Parra / Getty Images file

Truett Foster McKeehan, 21, son of Christian rap artist TobyMac, died at his Nashville home Wednesday.

The cause of death is unknown, but the Davidson County Medical Examiner's office confirmed his date of death to NBC News. A representative for TobyMac, whose real name is Toby McKeehan, also confirmed the death to NBC News.

Truett Foster McKeehan was the eldest of TobyMac's five children and was an aspiring musician. He released music under different names, including Truett Foster, truDog, TRU and Shiloh, according to The Tennessean.

TobyMac released a statement on his son's death Friday, describing McKeehan as a "magnetic" son and an "untamable grand personality and dreams to match."

"He expressed himself through the music he made," the rapper said. "And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed the art. All of it. A true artist. His first show was a week ago, and it was nothing short of electric. Everyone felt it, everyone knew it."

He went on to say that he last saw McKeehan the week before his death at McKeehan's first show at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.

"It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12," TobyMac said. "It couldn’t have been sweeter. Our music, and what we say lyrically couldn’t be more different, but the outcome was much the same...offering a room full of people a few minutes of joy in a crazy world."

TobyMac has spoken about their relationship in the past year while promoting the album, "The Elements." The rapper told the Digital Journal last October that the song "Scars," his favorite from the album, was written for his son.

The song includes the lyrics, "Life ain't got no sequel, we all broken people. The only road to found is lost."

"'Scars' is deeply personal and for me, it is about my son," he said. "He left home and he is doing his own thing now."

"Watching people you love go through hard things is tough, and I want people to know that they are not alone," he added.