Fredo Santana died last week and his death was attributed to the rapper’s lean use and his subsequent hospitalization for kidney and liver failure weeks before his death.
The 27-year-old rapper, who is Chief Keef’s cousin, reportedly died from a fatal seizure; however, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner coroner report has deferred Santana’s case pending an investigation, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Santana, whose real name is Derrick Coleman, died in his Los Angeles residence where he was reportedly found by his girlfriend.
Santana’s family members reportedly told TMZ that the 27-year-old died from a seizure. However, the official cause of death is being investigated and is yet to be determined. Fredo Santana rose to prominence alongside Chief Keef, popularizing the Chicago drill music scene in 2012.
The 27-year-old rapper revealed on Twitter that he self-medicated with lean to treat his PTSD and depression, and it caused kidney and liver failure.
Producer DJ Mustard claimed that he was quitting his lean use following Santana’s death. Chief Keef mourned his cousin’s death on social media tweeting, “Stop saying Fredo was my friend, That’s my cousin, Big difference.”
50 Cent offered Chief Keef support and penned an emotional tribute on Instagram to the 27-year-old rapper who admired him.
Fredo Santana’s father wrote a series of heart-wrenching Instagram post mourning the loss of his son.
I don't know where to begin,I'm a father of 6,not the best father in the world but i have Always been there.now Derrick was my second born named after my mentor my oldest brother,this is truly coming from my heart for I'm a lost for words.I wanna thank my wife for picking up of the floor cause I couldn't stand,I wanna thank my family for showing what we are about,next I would like thank my sons true friends in the industry for showing your support,& next I did not know the magnitude of souls & hearts my son had reached until today,I wanna thank all the fans,friends & family that I just couldn't reach personally,thank y'all for everything
Chief Keef further expressed his grief on Instagram where he posted a now-deleted photo of Santana’s song “Tell Nobody,” and captioned the photo with, “Love you dude forever.”
I woke up to you dead bro I couldn't believe it @fredosantanassr you told me other day you almost died I didn't believe it I thought you was playing bro I told you slow down day1 shit when nobody was dere it was us you kno I kno nobody really kno ???? yall better watch over me man please thats all I need from yall love 4eva ????
Rapper Lil Reese, who rapped the famous line “Fredo in the cut, that’s a scary sight” on the breakout drill record “Don’t Like” mourned the death of his friend. 21 Savage, Drake, and many other Hip-Hop artists paid their respects.
This one fucked my head up i can’t even lie ???? rest up young king @FREDOSANTANA300
— DURKIOOO???? (@lildurk) January 20, 2018
Fat Trel got a tattoo of Fredo Santana and Lil Durk tweeted a tribute to the late rapper. Fredo Santana, Chief Keef, Lil Reese, and Lil Durk are widely credited for popularizing the influential drill music genre. It is a style of Southern trap music, which originated in Chicago. The lyrical content reflects dark themes about the gritty reality of the impoverished neighborhoods they were raised.
Fredo Santana was the father of an 8-month-old son. His cause of death is yet to be determined after a toxicology exam.