Hella Sketchy, a popular SoundCloud rapper whose real name is Jacob Tyler Thureson, passed away early in the morning on Thusrday, June 27 after being in a coma for the past two weeks. Thureson’s father, Erik, confirmed the news with a heartbreaking statement on social media.
“You are not supposed to go before your father or grandfather. That’s not supposed to happen,” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s not how this works. We have no words. We are so sad to share that Jacob Tyler Thureson passed away on June 27,2019 at 5:11 am.
“Jacob touched many lives. He had so many praying. There was unity from people of all backgrounds with 1 hope for Jacob to pull through. We don’t understand why but we do know that no matter what God is still good & we praise him. We love you Jacob. More than words can express. We honor your short life of 18 years but we promise, your legacy will live on forever.”
Sketchy’s family created a GoFundMe account to help with the cost of a funeral and memorial service while also promising to create a documentary to continue raising awareness on the opioid epidemic and mental health issues.
— Erik Thureson #filmcrew (@erikthureson) June 28, 2019
All of the information we know about Hella Sketchy’s passing can be seen below.
Hella Sketchy Cause of Death: Drug Overdose
Hella Sketchy died in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, June 27. His father announced the death of his 18-year-old son in a heartbreaking post while also revealing that the SoundCloud rapper died of a drug overdose.
“Jacob was found unresponsive on June 13th from an apparent drug overdose. He was revived and brought to the ER where he’s been in a coma for 14 days. Never in a million years would I have imagined that it would end like this,” his father Erik Thureson wrote on Twitter. “The opioid epidemic does not discriminate. The conversation regarding drugs, depression, mental illness, social media, needs to be happening more openly without judgment and stigma. Jacob’s life was not and will not be in vain.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Jacob’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.