Watkins, a joyful single father, disclosed in December 2012 that he had twins through a surrogate mother called Melissa. Catchen Hawkins (daughter) and Curtis Hawkins (boy) were the names given to the twins (son). He said he used his $500,000 advance from Hollywood Records to pay for the surrogacy process.
Tuc's manager confirmed to us that he hired a surrogate to have two children with. She carried them for nine months before they was delivered by c-section. The boys weight 1 pound 8 ounces and 3 pounds 5 ounces. They both made it alive and are doing fine. According to the manager, neither boy has any issues with their birth parents being white while she is black. She wanted someone who was not a blood relation to raise the boys so she decided to hire someone else to be their mom.
Tuc Watkins wrote on Facebook at the time: "I'm happy to say that I am a dad! I couldn't be more excited. My sons were born last month and they're amazing... I guess I'll never know how they really feel about this because they don't talk."
He continued: "I just want people to know that I am here if you need help raising your child. I would absolutely love to be part of my sons' lives."
Jalynne Crawford, Braxton's mother (and Brandon's wife), was a gymnast at UCLA, where she met Brandon. Everyone always talks about how their children benefit from their parents' knowledge. But in this case, it's also true that Jalynne benefits from having had two parents who were successful in what they did.
As for why people think Brandon must be his father's son to play so well even though he's only seen batting once or twice a year since being born, that's another story. The fact is that athletes often look like their parents, but that doesn't mean they are not adopted or have one or both of their parents die when they are young.
Brandon and Jalynne married in April 2004. They had known each other for only six months before they got married. It's possible that Brandon knew exactly what he was doing when he married Jalynne so soon after learning that she was pregnant.
They had a son named Braxton Lee Crawford on January 24, 2005. A few years later, they had another son named Tatum Christopher Crawford. Both boys are active members of their family's sports team - Tatum plays baseball and basketball, while Braxton plays soccer and gymnastics.
Jalynne filed for divorce from Brandon in October 2009.
Watkins was assassinated the next year. Following Hicks' death and at his written request, his mother, Wanda Salvatto (nicknamed "Mac Wanda"), took over as owner and CEO. On November 9, 2004, his funeral was held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. About 3,000 people attended his funeral.
He is buried in the church cemetery. A documentary about his life called Mac Dre: The Documentary was released in 2017.
Watkins's mother told The Los Angeles Times that she planned to use part of her son's fortune to start a scholarship fund in his name. She also said that she wanted to start a foundation in her son's honor to help children learn good writing skills.
Watkins's mother wrote an autobiography called My Life With Mac Dre which was published in 2006 by Gallery Books. The book covers various topics such as growing up in South Central Los Angeles, getting involved with drugs at a young age, and traveling with a band across the United States.
She also talks about how her son died and how she decided to run the company in his name.
Watkins's mother had this to say about her son: "He was a good boy, he just made some bad choices.