Club 27: Fredo Santana

Here’s today’s club member; Fredo Santana


Derrick D Coleman (July 4, 1990 – January 19, 2018), was an American rapper better known by his stage name Fredo Santana.

The older cousin of Chief Keef, Santana began recording music in 2011, releasing a series of mixtapes throughout 2012 and 2013. His debut studio album Trappin Ain’t Dead was released on October 31, 2013 via Savage Squad, and peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard 200.

Santana’s second studio album, Fredo Krueger 2, a sequel to his 2013 mixtape Fredo Krueger, was released on September 8, 2017.

Santana was a heavy user of drugs, at one point being addicted to both Xanax and lean. Santana attributed his drug use to trauma experienced during his childhood, claiming he had posttraumatic stress disorder and turned to drugs as a coping mechanism.

Santana was hospitalized in March 2017 after suffering a seizure, which he blamed on a heavy workload and his poor sleep schedule. After the seizures persisted, Santana was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy in May 2017 and prescribed Keppra to treat it. Despite the medicine, Santana continued to suffer from seizures, usually multiple seizures in a row.

Santana was hospitalized once again in October 2017 after friend and fellow rapper Gino Marley found Santana mid seizure on the floor of his house with blood coming from his mouth. Santana was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with both liver and kidney failure, with the main factors being his addiction to Xanax and lean. Santana expressed interest in going to rehab while in hospital.

On the evening of January 19, 2018, at around 11:30pm local time, Santana’s girlfriend discovered him unresponsive at their home in Reseda, Los Angeles. Shortly after, Santana was pronounced dead. He had suffered a fatal seizure, and an autopsy revealed he had developed cardiovascular disease in addition to the previous conditions he suffered from.

Here’s an example of some of the work he did with this little diddy, Been Savage. Enjoy

F. M. Laster

“I’ve been things and seen places.”- Mae West

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