Country music legend Toby Keith has passed away at the age of 62 after battling stomach cancer for two years. The singer-songwriter, known for his patriotic songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and “Made in America,” peacefully passed away on February 5th, surrounded by his family, according to a statement on his official website. Keith revealed his cancer diagnosis to fans in 2021 and underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to fight the disease. Despite his health struggles, he returned to the stage for a few concerts and made a TV appearance in September 2023, where he received the Country Icon award at the People’s Choice Country Awards. Keith’s final performances were in December 2023 in Las Vegas.
Born Toby Keith Covel on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Oklahoma, Keith worked in the oil industry and played in the USFL football league before pursuing a career in music. He rose to fame with hits like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action” from his self-titled debut album in 1993. Throughout his career, Keith wrote or co-wrote many of his songs, earning numerous awards and accolades, including the Academy of Country Music’s top male vocalist and album of the year award in 2001.
Keith was known for his patriotic themes, supporting U.S. troops, and advocating for American values through his music. His controversial hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” became a symbol of American resilience after the September 11 terror attacks. In addition to his music career, Keith dabbled in acting and business ventures, including his chain of restaurants called Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.
His passing is mourned by fans and fellow artists alike, with tributes pouring in from the country music community. Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, described Keith as “big, brash, and never bowed down or slowed down for anyone,” while ACM CEO Damon Whiteside praised his impact on country music and philanthropy. Keith leaves behind a lasting legacy in the country music industry and will be remembered for his contributions to the genre.
Written by: Power Radio