Chicago rapper Fredo Santana died on Friday (January 19) at the age of 27, according to close friend and frequent collaborator Maxo Kream.
Kream broke the news with an Instagram post that read, “Damn man I’m lost for words right now I’m cryin my ass off Fredo I love yu Bitch RIP a real Savage.”
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death on Saturday (January 20) as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
Tributes started to pour in on social media as news of his death spread, including one from Drake who captioned an Instagram photo, “Rest in Peace Santana” alongside a photo of the two together. Fredo appeared in the 6 God’s video for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” back in 2013.
Fredo, who was also Chief Keef ‘s cousin, suffered from a range of health problems stemming from his alleged substance abuse issues. Last October, he was rushed to the hospital after suffering a seizure due to acute kidney and liver failure, and momentarily considered rehab. He was open about his abuse of lean, which likely led to the seizure that put him in the hospital in March 2017.
While some people are speculating that he died of kidney failure, TMZ reports that his family members said he died of a fatal seizure. His girlfriend reportedly found him dead on the floor of his Los Angeles home at 11:30 p.m. PST. Friday night.
Joey Bada$$, Denzel Curry, A$AP Twelvyy, Travis Scott, Lil Durk and Lil B were among the many who took to social media to express their shock and sadness.
Check out the tributes below.
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) January 20, 2018
Fuck man… Rest In Peace Fredo Santana
— ZELTRON 6 BILLION (@denzelcurry) January 20, 2018
Let one off in the air for fredo santana !! For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) January 20, 2018
DAMN RIP FREDO SANTANA.
— THA 1ST REAL BLADE RUNNER ??? (@RealYungYogi) January 20, 2018
Blessed up fredo Santana long live ??
— $UPA RENEGADE (@YOUNGRENEGADERK) January 20, 2018
This one fucked my head up i can’t even lie ? rest up young king @FREDOSANTANA300
— DURKIOOO? (@lildurk) January 20, 2018
Rip to my dawg.
Rest up easy love you bro pic.twitter.com/CeZV7A4O52
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) January 20, 2018
u taught me alotta rap shit outside of rap shit damn fuck my boy cant think right @FREDOSANTANASSRpic.twitter.com/8EFm7kQdBM
— Dj Kenn Aon (@DJKENN_AON) January 20, 2018
1st time I met Fredo around 2011 I bought 1 of his shirts from him outside rsvp his friend who was with him said “that’s Kanye Dj fuck with him bro” didn’t ask 4 a discount or nothin. Later on we did a song called #Cornasto for the #treatedtribe album and @jonjamestr3atdu Debut album #Juanito my fam @toddbeee Got him 2 record the verse and the rest was history. Man say what u want but I knew @fredosantanassr and he was all around a stand up dude who rode for his family and did what he had 2 despite the decisions he’s made in his life. I considered him a comrade. Long live Big Boss Fredo! ???
RIP FREDO SANTANA LOVE U MY BOY
— YG ADDIE A$AP ANT (@ygAddie) January 20, 2018
https://t.co/GdVaFQUuVX fist song I ever did with lil bro smh
— TM88 (@TM88) January 20, 2018
All Ima say is without
the Chicago music scene wouldn't be what it is. Remember that and Remember we who brought the attention to the city . R.I.P Fredo.
— Disco Ric (@RicWilson) January 20, 2018