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Rapper Fredo Santana Died At 27

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Chicago-based rapper Fredo Santana, whose real name is Derrick Coleman, died on Jan. 19 in his California home at the age of 27.

According to TMZ, his girlfriend discovered Santana, who is also cousin to fellow rapper Chief Keef, dead on the floor close to midnight.

While an autopsy is still pending, many are saying the rapper died from a seizure, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Santana previously confessed to being addicted to lean, a drug cocktail made of prescription cough medicine, soft drinks and candy, the ingestion of which is known to cause seizures as a common side effect, the New York Daily News reports.

His death comes just a few months after Santana was hospitalized for liver and kidney problems.

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"Been in here since Friday doctor say a n***a had kidney failure an liver failure I'm getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues thanks for everyone who prayed for a n***a I wouldn't wish this on my worse enemy," Santana wrote on Instagram in October 2017, before being released two days later and announcing plans to go back into the studio.

In 2012, Santana captured attention after releasing "It's A Scary Site," a mix recording which featured Chief Keef, King L, Lil Durk, and Lil Reese.

One year later, Santana featured Kendrick Lamar on his "Trappin Ain't Dead" album, before releasing two more mix recordings in 2016 called "Plugged In" and "Fredo Kruger 2."

Chief Keef's grandmother, Margaret Carter, said Santana had even more big plans for his future before his life was cut short.

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"He told his cousin, we're not going to rob, we're not going to steal, I got a plan, and that was to make music," Margaret Cozart told CNN.

Fellow rappers and fans alike have taken to social media to pay their respects.

"'Now playing' Love you Dude' for ever It was good to be able to hug you..." Chief Keef wrote, referring to a song the two had worked on together, while sharing several photos of his cousin on Twitter.

"Rest In Peace Santana," added rapper Drake while sharing a photo of him and Santana on Instagram.

"Fredo was one of the first pioneers of Chicago drill music. Sad to see a young boss go at an early age. #FredoSantana #Trendsetter" tweeted entertainment management company Against The Odds Management.

The rapper left behind an 8-month-old son.

Sources: TMZ, Fredo Santana/InstagramNew York Daily News, Chief Keef/Twitter, Drake/Instagram, CNNAgainst The Odds Management/Twitter, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Jonathan Michael Peel/Flickr / Embedded Images: Fredo Santana/Instagram (2)

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