Fredo Santana Dead at 27
Updated (Jan. 20, 10:15 a.m.)
It appears Fredo Santana suffered from a fatal seizure Friday night (Jan. 19), in his Los Angeles home. Family members of the rapper tell TMZ Fredo was found dead on the floor in his home by his girlfriend around 11:30 p.m. An autopsy for the Chicago-born Santana was pending.
Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, born Derrick Coleman, has passed away at the age of 27.
Information on his passing is scarce at the time, but it appears the MC may have suffered from kidney failure leading to his death. Last October, Fredo went to the emergency room after suffering from kidney and liver failure, a possible result of his lean usage, and shared the experience with fans on social media. "Been in here since Friday doctor say a nigga had kidney failure an liver failure," he wrote on Instagram. "Thanks for everyone who prayed for a nigga I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy."
He later contemplated going to rehab. "Hopefully I can be the face to sho niggas to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd," he opened up to fans on Twitter a few days later. "I was running from my old life tryna get high didn't want to face them demons...I'm getting help I might just go to rehab."
It appears his health issues were too much to overcome.
Fredo made his way into the mainstream spotlight along with his cousin Chief Keef in the early 2010s as part of the Chi's Drill wave. He carved his own niche and has dropped popular mixtapes like Fredo Kruger, It's a Scary Site and his Trappin Ain't Dead album. He was working on the second installment in his Walking Legend mixtape series before he passed. "Walking Legend 2 is my favorite project an I only got 7 songs done so far 🔥🔥...... can't wait to it's finished an complete," he recently tweeted.
Fredo is survived by his 8-month-old son, Legend.
RIP Fredo Santana.
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