Fredo Santana — a pioneer Chicago drill rap and cousin Chief Keef — has died after suffering a fatal seizure, TMZ reports. He was 27.
The site reports that Santana was found in his Los Angeles home by his girlfriend at 11:30 p.m. yesterday evening (January 19). Texas MC Maxo Kream was among the first to post about Santana’s passing, writing, “Damn man I’m lost for words right now I’m cryin my ass f Fredo I love yu Bitch RIP a real Savage.”
The rapper was hospitalized in October last year for liver and kidney failure, and as TMZ notes, was known to speak openly about his addiction to lean. No cause death or statement from the rapper’s camp has been ficially revealed.
Born Derrick Coleman in 1990, Santana delivered his debut mixtape It’s a Scary Site in 2012, which featured verses from Chief Keef, Lil Reese, King L, Gino Marley, Frenchie, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby, and Lil Durk and production from Young Chop, TM88 and more.
He delivered a full-length titled Trappin’ Ain’t Dead in 2013, which included a verse from Kendrick Lamar on single “Jealous.” He was also prominently featured in the video for Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” that same year.
Santana delivered a pair mixtapes, Plugged In and Fredo Kruger 2, last year. Find reaction to the rapper’s passing from the hip-hop community below.