Fredo Santana, rapper and one of the pioneers of the Chicago drilling movement, reportedly died at the age of 27.
TMZ reports that Santana died on Friday night (January 19) as a result of a seizure. No official statement of the rapper's family or cause of death has yet been released.
Santana, born Derrick Coleman, suffered serious health problems throughout 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, followed by close collaborators such as Young Chop and Lil Durk.
Santana's name was consolidated in the minds of rap fans through the success of his younger cousin Chief Keef in 2012 "I Do not Like," in which Keef made an inimitable mention of Santana in his verse: "Fredo in the cut / That's a terrifying sight". The song, later remixed by Kanye West, catapulted the Keef squad and Santana Glory Boyz Entertainment, drill music, and new trends into Chicago rap more widely in the national spotlight.
After releasing their first mixtape of 2012 It's A Scary Sight, Santana released her anticipated debut album, Trappin Is not Dead in 2013, which included a high-profile feature by Kendrick Lamar on the single "Jealous". It also included appearances by other close collaborators of Santana, including Chief Keef, SD, and Gino Marley, with whom he launched a collaborative mix for the same year. The album debuted Santana's own imprint, Savage Squad Records.
Santana released music regularly until its final release last year, Fredo Kruger 2 . At the time of his death, fans awaited the launch of a collaborative mixtape with Chief Keef called Turbo Bandanna whose launch Santana claimed was postponed due to his stay at the hospital, and Walking Legend 2 another solo project. Santana's son, Legend, was born in June of last year.
Friends and associates took to Twitter to share their memories and condolences, including Drake, in whose 2013 video "Hold On, We & # 39; re Going Home" Santana appeared prominently.
This article originally appeared on Spin.