Truett Foster McKeehan, the oldest son of Christian rapper TobyMac, died Wednesday in Nashville, a representative confirmed to the USA TODAY Network – Tennessee. He was 21.
The Nashville Fire Department responded late Wednesday morning to a report of a person in cardiac arrest at a home in the city’s Radnor neighborhood. McKeehan was pronounced dead on arrival.
McKeehan’s cause and manner of death remain under investigation, the Metro Nashville Police Department said. An autopsy will be conducted at the medical examiner’s office in Nashville.
obyMac, known also as Kevin Michael McKeehan, postponed the remaining dates of a week-long Canadian tour to return home to his wife and other children in Franklin, Tennessee.
In a statement, TobyMac said his son “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. His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match.”
Truett McKeehan’s friends started posting memorial messages on the last post on the truettfoster Instagram page Wednesday afternoon.
“I hope you are having the time of your life with the big guy in the sky,” one wrote.
New Hope Academy in Franklin, a Christian school supported by TobyMac and his family, said in a statement that Truett McKeehan “left an indelible mark on all of our students and faculty.”
Truett McKeehan attended New Hope until he graduated 6th grade in 2011.
“He was kind-hearted, creative, joyful and welcoming,” the statement said. “He lit up every room that he entered, and his presence among us will be deeply missed.”
The Nashville music community offered an outpouring of support Thursday for TobyMac and his family.