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Country music icon Toby Keith passed away on Monday in Oklahoma after battling stomach cancer, as announced by his family in an official statement. At the age of 62, Keith leaves behind a legacy spanning over three decades, marked by an impressive 32 No. 1 hits and 42 top 10 hits, as detailed on his website. Among his most notable songs are “Beer For My Horses,” “As Good As I Once Was,” “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” and “Red Solo Cup.”
The specific cause of Keith’s passing has not been disclosed at this time.
In a heartfelt message shared on his personal account, a spokesperson for Keith conveyed that he peacefully passed away on February 5th, surrounded by his loved ones. The statement also emphasized Keith’s remarkable courage throughout his battle with illness and requested privacy for his family during this difficult time.
The country music artist had received a diagnosis of stomach cancer in 2021 but chose to disclose his medical condition publicly through a tweet in June 2022.
In his June 2022 tweet, Keith shared, “Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”
In September 2023, Keith described his battle with cancer as a “roller coaster” and emphasized the significant role his faith played in helping him cope. In an interview with Fox News Digital, he shared, “I lean on my faith and I just pray and lean into it. You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do, and I don’t know how people do it without faith … that’s what I did, it was my rock.”
Following this challenging period, in December, the renowned artist, known for hits like “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” returned to touring, delivering three sold-out performances at Park MGM’s Dolby Live in Las Vegas.
In a January appearance on the “Superstar Power Hour” podcast, Keith expressed optimism about his cancer battle, stating that he was “turning a corner.”
“I’m doing really well,” Keith shared with the host. “It’s been a challenging two years, but I believe I’m making progress. I don’t know if you ever truly move on from it [cancer], but I’m striving to.”
Reflecting on his experiences, Keith mentioned feeling out of sorts in 2023, highlighting that he had never taken a year off from performing throughout his career. “And this being my 30th year in the [country music] business, it was quite odd just being sidelined,” the singer elaborated.
He is survived by his wife Tricia, three children, and four grandchildren.
Contributions to this report were made by Amanda Harding and Katie Jerkovich.