Dolly Parton, the beloved country music icon, recently paid a heartfelt tribute to Toby Keith, another legendary country singer who sadly passed away from stomach cancer.

In a post on social media, Dolly expressed her deep sorrow at losing a dear member of the country music family. She described Toby Keith as a truly great artist and emphasized that he will be greatly missed.

However, she also highlighted that his music and memory will continue to live on in the hearts of his fans and the country music community.

The bond between Dolly Parton and Toby Keith was one built on admiration and mutual respect. In one interview, Keith expressed his admiration for Dolly, praising her as a role model for himself and other songwriters from their era.

He credited Dolly with teaching them the importance of staying true to oneself. One of Keith’s favorite things that Dolly had said was her refusal to be bothered by jokes about being a dumb blonde, as she knew she was smart and not actually blonde.

Keith admired Dolly’s unwavering authenticity and recognized her as an enduring icon in the music industry, even in the year 2019.

The loss of Toby Keith is undoubtedly a significant blow to the country music world. Yet, as Dolly Parton’s touching tribute reminds us, the legacy he leaves behind through his music will continue to touch the hearts of fans old and young alike.