Hip-Hop Stars Mourns the Death of Fredo Santana

Chicago drill rapper Fredo Santana, the older cousin of Chief Keef has reportedly died at age 27. | champagnepapi  Instagram

There is speculation that the drug known as "lean" - which has been known to cause seizures - was the source of Santana's health problems.

Fredo Santana is a product of the vibrant Chicago rap scene.

Santana, a pioneer of Chicago's drill movement, suffered serious health problems throughout previous year, and was hospitalized for liver and kidney failure in October. He kept his fans updated about his condition on Instagram.

"Been in here since Friday doctor say a n-a had kidney failure an [sic] liver failure", he wrote. Following the incident, he contemplated going to rehab. The codeine in the cough syrup is used as a pain reliever but has recently been gaining notoriety because some rappers consume it for its "euphoric side effects".

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The 27-year-old was rushed to the emergency room last year as a result of lean usage, according to XXL Magazine.

Santana has been linked to some of the biggest names in hip hop, including his cousin Chief Keef.

Several of Santana's fellow rappers and friends - including Canadian rapper Drake, Chicago artist Lil Durk, record producer Maxo Kream and California rapper Lil B - took to social media early Saturday to announce the news and mourn his death.

Many of his fans around the world also paid their tribute.

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