The world of country music is mourning the loss of the iconic Toby Keith, who succumbed to a three-year battle with stomach cancer at the age of 62.
The heartbreaking news of his passing was shared with fans through a poignant message posted on Keith’s social media platforms.
“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time,” the message read.
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Born July 8, 1961, Keith initially worked in the oil industry before pursuing a music career that would skyrocket him to fame.
His self-titled debut album went platinum, marking the beginning of a prolific career that spanned two dozen albums. Hits like Beer for My Horses and Red Solo Cup solidified his status as a country music icon.
Notably, Keith’s song Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue became a poignant anthem following the September 11 attacks, reflecting both his patriotism and personal journey through grief after his father’s passing.
The Academy of Country Music honoured Keith with the title of Entertainer of the Year twice, in 2002 and 2003, underscoring his lasting impact on the genre.
As news of Toby Keith’s passing broke, an outpouring of tributes flooded in from devastated fans and fellow country music stars alike. Messages on social media platforms echoed the sentiments of loss and gratitude for his contribution to the genre.
I found myself awake at 1:48am when I learned of Toby Keith’s passing. Gone too soon. I had the privilege of working with Toby Keith when recording our Stars and Stripes album. Toby’s big booming voice brought Be True to Your School to life in ways I’d never imagined. Toby was… pic.twitter.com/ZVm4qgO5o3
— Mike Love (@MikeLoveOFCL) February 7, 2024
Toby Keith was one of the greatest guys I knew and his heart was bigger than the universe.🤍🤍 This is one of the last things he did to help all our kids at Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals! Rest in peace, Toby. You will be greatly missed…🕊️ pic.twitter.com/yjNeJE0Ynp
— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) February 7, 2024
My friend Toby Keith was a legend not just in the country music format but all music.
He was also a great patriot whose love for God, Family and Country was displayed in his music and more importantly in the life he lived. He will live on in the hearts of those lives he impacted… pic.twitter.com/spEDiSZO2c
— cmorganmusic (@cmorganmusic) February 6, 2024
Toby Keith has gone home … This is very sad news … We loved and respected him on every level and whispered many a prayer for him as he fought this illness. God must have needed a big hearted Oklahoma singing boy for the great choir. Well, he got one #RIPTobyKeith pic.twitter.com/cBjybvnxwP
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) February 6, 2024
Even though I knew about your battle these last few months I still never imagined this day. Anyone who knew you knows what I mean. You were the toughest man I ever met. Thank you brother for being a friend, a hero and an inspiration. There will never be another Toby Keith.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) February 6, 2024
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Toby Keith, a beloved friend and supporter of the USO. Our hearts are with Toby’s family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace dear friend. pic.twitter.com/85nXDVO5ks
— USO (@The_USO) February 6, 2024
Keith is survived by his wife Tricia Lucas, their three children and four grandchildren.