Tolly Bandz, aka Kellyn Toliver, the Pittsburgh rapper and friend of Mac Miller, has died after being shot on June 25.
Toliver’s death was confirmed through various social media posts including a tweet by his collaborator Samurai Rex that read in part, “He was a beautiful person. Rest in peace Tolly.” Fellow Pittsburgh rapper Mars Jackson tweeted, “When someone tells the story of Pittsburgh Hip Hop this fool played an important part. Anytime I seen Tolly Bandz he was smiling having a good ass time. People around my age are suppose enjoy their 30’s to the fullest. S*** is wack.”
Toliver Wasn’t at the Scene of the Shooting When Cops Found Him
— MacheadHeaven (@MacheadHeaven) June 26, 2020
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that Toliver was shot in the Swissvale borough east of Pittsburgh on the evening of June 25. Police responded the scene in the 2000 block of Noble Street around 6:26 p.m. Toliver was located nearby at the 7500 block of Center Street, according to a tweet from Allegheny County Police. He was rushed to UPMC Presbyterian where he was pronounced dead around 7:30 p.m. Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call 1-833-ALL-TIPS. The investigation is being led by the Allegheny County police. At the time of writing, no suspect had been identified.
Toliver Regularly Posted About How Much Mac Miller Meant to Him as a Friend
Following news of Toliver’s death, a post appeared in the official Mac Miller subreddit titled, “Rest In Peace Tolly Bandz. Don’t leave Mac alone about growing dreads when you see him up there 💙👼👼🏾 prayers out to Tolly’s family.” The thread included a video of Toliver and Miller together. Toliver originally posted the video on his Instagram page in August 2019. Toliver wrote in the caption, “@macmiller miss you every day my n****.” Shortly after Miller’s death, Toliver posted a photo of the pair together while writing in the caption, “Smh never thought I’ll be typing something like this for you bro man this s*** is messed up I love you always and will cherish all our moments together love you.”
Toliver Is Survived by His 2 Sons
On his Instagram bio, Toliver wrote, “Only the strong survive.” Toliver had not been active on his page since posting a Black Lives Matter tribute post on June 2. According to Toliver’s Facebook page, he lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 2008. In his favorite quote section of his About page, Toliver wrote, “You don’t work, you don’t eat.”
Toliver wrote in a Facebook post on January 1, “I officially have a teenager now. Happy 13 birthday to my son Jayden love you always and forever.” Toliver had two sons. On his Facebook page, Toliver said that he was single.
Toliver Was Pronounced Dead at the Same Hospital Where His Brother Died in 2006
Toliver’s older brother, Brett Toliver, was shot dead in August 2006 at the age of 19. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported at the time that Brett Toliver was killed in the Northview Heights section of the city. The newspaper said that Brett Toliver had been attending a car show at the time of his death.
Brett Toliver was pronounced dead at UPMC Presbyterian, the same hospital where Kellyn Toliver was pronounced dead just under 14 years later. The pair’s sister’s most recent Instagram post on June 14 paid tribute to Brett Toliver. The caption accompanying the photo read, “A million words and a million tears won’t bring you back, I know because I’ve tried. Happy Birthday I treasure every moment we had with you.”