Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, cousin to Chief Keef, died at the age of 27 from a fatal seizure.
TMZ reports that Santana died Friday night (Jan. 19) as the result of a seizure. No official statement from the rapper’s family or cause of death has yet been released.
Santana, born Derrick Coleman, suffered major health problems over the past year, and was hospitalized for liver and kidney failure in October. Houston rapper Maxo Kream was the first to break the news with an Instagram post.
Santana’s musical flow became worldwide in 2012 after the release of his debut mixtape It’s a Scary Sight, following in 2013 with the release of his debut album, Trappin Ain’t Dead. This album included features from Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef, and Gino Marley. Up until the time of his death, fans were expecting a collaborative mixtape called Turbo Bandanna, with Chief Keef. This album and Santana’s solo project, Walking Legend 2, release dates were postponed due to his unexpected hospital stay.
One of the issues that has plagued Santana’s health over the years is his use of the legal drug known as lean. This drug is a mix of codeine and promethazine and is popular in hip hop communities, it makes the user feel dazed and high. In high dosage, it is linked to liver failure. The use of lean in the hip hop community has been a major issue and has lead to deaths of high-profile artists including Pimp C, ASAP Yams, DJ Screw and others.
Several of Santana’s fellow rappers and friends took to social media early Saturday to mourn his death and share their memories.