Fredo Santana, the raucous Chicago rapper whose music was inextricably linked with trap's rise to the mainstream, has died at the age of 27. The news was confirmed Saturday by the artist's family and the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
No official cause of death has been confirmed, though TMZ is reporting that Santana suffered a fatal seizure at home in Los Angeles on Friday night. He had been hospitalized with liver and kidney failure in October 2017.
Santana, whose real name was Derrick Coleman, released his debut mixtape, It's a Scary Site, in 2012. It included contributions from his cousin, Chief Keef, and fellow Chicagoans King L, Lil Durk, and Lil Reese. His only studio album, Trappin' Ain't Dead, came out in 2013 and featured Kendrick Lamar, Gino Marley, and Pee Wee Longway. Santana released two mixtapes last year, Plugged In and Fredo Kruger 2.
In an interview with Noisey's Andy Capper in 2013, around the release of his second mixtape, Fredo Kruger, Santana explained his style. "It sounds like struggle[...] You know, like you’ve been through something," he said. "I don't too much rap about flashy type stuff you know. [Chief] Keef rap about flashy stuff, but I don't rap about that. I rap about struggle, heart, life in Chicago."
Coleman's first child, a son named Legend, was born last June.
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