TobyMac Shares Emotional Photos from Son Truett Foster McKeehan's Funeral One Month after His Unexpected Death
TobyMac gave his followers a look at the emotional funeral he held for his late son, who died a month ago. He accompanied the images with heartfelt words of appreciation and gratitude.
Death is never easy, especially when a parent has to bury a child. The Christian rapper, TobyMac, is still trying to come to terms with the loss of his son, Truett Foster McKeehan.
A JOURNEY OF RECOVERY
The rapper shared emotional photos on his Instagram, showing the funeral of his late son. The snaps showed him hugging guests, as well as pallbearers dressed in red hoodies, with the word "Shiloh." In the lengthy caption, TobyMac wrote,
"… Such overwhelming love has surrounded us this last month. We still don't quite know which end is up, but we do know that we are loved."
"As we mourn our firstborn son, God has poured out his love on us through people, through you."
TOBYMAC FINDS COMFORT IN FAITH
The rapper notes that the prayers, meals, travels, and kind words of their friends and family have served as a light in a time of darkness.
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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. 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 it’s 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. Toby & Amanda
The Tennessee native acknowledged that at every turn, he felt the impact of family, from those who are close and far away, and he is thankful for their compassionate hearts.
TobyMac shared his late son with his wife, Amanda, and in the second part of his caption, he wrote that their faith in God has comforted them, and given them hope for the future. Truett passed away on October 23rd.
He was found dead at his apartment in Nashville, and the rapper and his family are still waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A MAGNETIC SON
Days before the young man passed away, he performed a concert in Frankville, Tennessee, with his father in attendance. The deceased was following in his dad's footsteps and moved out of his family home to chase his dream.
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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. His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box. He expressed himself through the music he made. 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 could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand. Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King. He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. 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. My last moment with Truett in person was at his first show this past Thursday at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. I had to leave the next morning very early to fly and start our Canadian tour. As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was as proud as a “pop” (as tru called me) could be. It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12. 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. Our last text exchange is shared above (swipe). 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.
TobyMac wrote a song, "Scars," to mark his son's journey into the world, and the pain he felt when he had to let him go.
According to Fox News, the rapper was in Canada on tour when Truett passed, and had to return home to be with his family.
In an Instagram post shared by the dad-of-five at the time, he wrote that his son brought joy to every room he entered, and described him as a "Magnetic brother, son, and friend."