LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, one of the progenitors of hip-hop’s “drill” style from the city’s South Side, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 27.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Santana death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office confirmed, but a cause of death for the young rapper was not disclosed.
Santana, who is a cousin to Chief Keef, made a name for himself in 2013 with his only album, “Trappin’ Ain’t Dead,” which included contributions from big names such as Keef and Kendrick Lamar.
While a cause of death was not disclosed, Santana, whose real name was Derrick Coleman, was candid in his music about his experiences with drugs and his videos often showed him using ‘lean’, a combination of codeine cough syrup and other beverages. In October, he disclosed he was experiencing health issues that included multiple organ failures when he posted about a hospital stay on social media.
“Been in here [in the hospital] since Friday. Doctor say … kidney failure an liver failure. I’m getting back to normal. Sorry to all my fans turbo bandana [mixtape] will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues. Thanks for everyone who prayed. … I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”
The rapper leaves behind an 8-month-old son, the Tribune reported.