Eternal Pain: Christian Rapper TobyMac Sings About His Pain Over Losing His Son In An Emotional Song

Date January 15, 2020

TobyMac’s son, Truett, died at a very young age on October 13, 2019: the boy was only 21 years old. The family was left devastated and heartbroken as the promising musician’s life ended out of the blue sky. No cause of death has been announced, but 911 got a call about the cardiac arrest at the time of passing.

TobyMac hasn’t stopped paying tributes to his flesh and bone. In particular, McKeehan once described Truett’s soft spot for God, a grand personality, positive energy, and an abundant mindset. Losing both a son and a best friend has been heart-wrenching for the singer, but he knows for sure: his 21-year-old son left the world, having made his parents proud of him.

TobyMac’s new song

Sometimes, the best way to grieve is to put all the feelings and emotions on paper. In the rapper’s case, he wrote a beautiful song titled 21 Years. The single was released on January 9, 2020 — several months after saying goodbye to Truett.

The 55-year-old sings about all his heartbreak after losing his firstborn child, wondering if he’s in a better place after a sudden passing.

Are you singing with the angels

Are you happy where you are

Well until this show is over

And you run into my arms

God has you in heaven

But I have you in my heart

Although Toby McKeehan still can’t fathom what has happened that diabolic night, he believes God has a plan for us all. The Lord did not promise us a life with only happiness but pain and hardships.

Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy, and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. The rest is yet to come.

This song makes people cry while sharing their stories


I can’t imagine. Sobbing during this song. He was sent for a reason, a reason for him, a reason for you, and when we get to the other side, we’ll understand. Love and God’s comfort to you and your family. @Grelly_Chan:
This hit me hard, I lost my cousin when we were 10, and I’m crying cause he would have been 21 with me this year

@christie millett:

I almost started crying when I read the title. Knew immediately what it was about. Will have to watch it later because I know I will be in tears. God is using you in so many ways. My heart breaks for you and your family. Makes me hug my little boy even tighter ♡

@Emerson Mateus Santos:

This song make me cry very much for understand the lost pain.. actually I’m 18 years old and lost my father when I was 15.. since that day, I never got I true smile in my face.. hearing 21 Years I think better about my live. God have my father in heaven but I still can have him live in my heart! Thank you Toby for this amazing song!!!! God bless you wherever u go!! ❤️

@Leah Kunihira:

I cried through every moment like I was Toby’s other child who’d lost a little brother. I sang on my guitar and cried through it everyday. But even then, I don’t think I would ever come close to feeling your pain. May God comfort you McKeehan family

@Beth Dalton:

This song brings tears to my eyes. We cry for your pain Toby, and we rejoice that our God is a loving Father, and your son is in His loving arms. There are people out there praying for you and your family. Thanks for years of pouring out your joy and now for sharing your pain. We grieve for you...and pray for our abundant God to bring peace that surpasses all understanding to you and your family.

Everything we know about TobyMac’s son, Truett Foster McKeehan

  • Just like his father, the 21-year-old was a rapper going by name Truett Foster, truDog, and TRU.
  • He collaborated with his father on a series of different songs.
  • TobyMac wrote a song, Scars, in honor of his son just several months before his death.
  • He was a devoted Christian.

We can’t imagine even a quarter of the feelings the McKeehan family had experienced since Truett’s sudden demise. It’s been challenging times both for his parents and siblings, who will have to cope with pain and grief for the rest of their lives. Let’s hope TobyMac and his brood will stay strong all the years until they reunite with their beloved one.

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