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“The country music icon passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, as confirmed by his relatives in a statement.”
Country music sensation Toby Keith, celebrated for chart-toppers like “Red Solo Cup” and “Should Have Been a Cowboy,” has passed away at the age of 62.
According to a statement released by his family on X (formerly Twitter), the singer-songwriter “passed peacefully” on Monday night. Keith had been battling stomach cancer since his diagnosis in 2022.
“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on Feb. 5 surrounded by his family,” the statement read. “He fought his fight with grace and courage.”
The message concluded with a plea for privacy for the grieving family during this difficult time.
Keith opened up about his battle with cancer during his attendance at the People’s Choice Country Awards in September 2023.
Speaking with E! News, the singer described his experience as “a bit of a roller coaster. You have good days and, you know, you’re up and down, up and down.” He expressed feeling optimistic, stating, “It’s always zero to 60 and 60 to zero, but I feel good today.”
Accompanied by his wife of nearly 40 years, Tricia Lucus, Keith shared his thoughts on the red carpet.
In December 2023, Toby Keith made his triumphant return to the stage with his first official headlining shows since disclosing his cancer diagnosis, performing at Park MGM in Las Vegas.
In a YouTube video announcing the shows, Keith shared his excitement, saying, “Hey everybody! This is Toby Keith. It’s been a while. You know what I’ve been doing — been on the old rollercoaster, but Almighty’s riding shotgun. He’s letting me drive for some reason, but we’re making a big announcement.” He explained that these shows would serve as a sort of rehabilitation for him and his band, helping them get back in sync and allowing him to regain his momentum. Reflecting on the challenges he faced during his hiatus, Keith noted, “Through COVID and cancer, the old devil’s been after me a little bit. I’ve got him by the horns right now, so instead of just sitting around and waiting, we’re gonna get the band back together.”
Throughout his career, Keith has performed for several U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. In 2021, he was honored with the National Medal of the Arts by Trump.