Tim McGraw Honors the Legacy of the Late ‘Maverick’ Toby Keith: ‘He Lived Life on His Own Terms’

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“We’ll all miss you, my friend,” the country star expressed in his tribute to Keith, who passed away on Monday at the age of 62 after battling stomach cancer.

Tim McGraw is honoring the memory of Toby Keith.

Following Keith’s passing on Monday at the age of 62, the actor and fellow country singer, 56, took to Instagram to share a carousel of photos paying tribute to the man he referred to as “brother.”

The carousel featured the cover art of their debut albums, both released on the same day in 1993, along with a black-and-white image of Keith gazing into the distance while sporting a cowboy hat that partially obscured his face.

“Our self-titled debuts were released on the same day, April 20, 1993… Toby and I shared many moments early in our careers,” McGraw wrote, reflecting on their time together discussing their aspirations in life and their paths in the music industry.

“He was a maverick. He lived life on his own terms, a true artist,” McGraw remarked about the “My List” singer. “I’ve always held immense respect for his creativity, commitment, and boldness in pursuing his vision.”

McGraw concluded the tribute with, “We’ll all miss you, brother.”

Keith passed away on Monday after a battle with stomach cancer that began in the fall of 2021. His death was confirmed through a post on his social media platforms.

“Toby Keith peacefully passed away last night on Feb. 5, surrounded by his loved ones,” the statement read in part. “He faced his illness with grace and bravery.”

Following his passing, his longtime friend and representative Elaine Schock shared an exclusive statement with PEOPLE on Tuesday.

“I adored Toby Keith,” she expressed. “He was brilliant, enjoyable to be around, and we had some lively conversations. Additionally, he was immensely talented as both a songwriter and a performer.”

She further expressed that she believed her client was frequently “misinterpreted.”

“Toby was compassionate. I believe there were misconceptions about him because he was portrayed in a certain light, but that portrayal was inaccurate. He possessed many admirable qualities. He was undeniably one of the bravest individuals I’ve had the privilege of knowing,” Schock elaborated.