Country music fans around the world are mourning the loss of beloved singer-songwriter Toby Keith. Known for his chart-topping hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “Should Have Been a Cowboy,” Keith passed away peacefully on Monday night at the age of 62. His family shared this sad news in a heartfelt statement posted on X (formerly Twitter).
“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on Feb. 5, surrounded by his family,” the statement read. “He fought his fight with grace and courage.” As we come together to honor his memory, we kindly ask that you respect the privacy of his family during this difficult time.
Despite his battle with stomach cancer, Keith continued to inspire his fans with his unwavering spirit. In September 2023, he attended the People’s Choice Country Awards and openly discussed his cancer journey. Speaking with E! News, Keith described it as a “roller coaster” with its ups and downs. But even in the face of adversity, he remained positive, stating, “It’s always zero to 60 and 60 to zero, but I feel good today.” Throughout his red carpet appearance, he was accompanied by his wife of almost four decades, Tricia Lucus, showing the importance of love and support during challenging times.
In December 2023, Keith made a triumphant return to the stage, headlining his first official shows following his cancer diagnosis. Addressing his fans in a YouTube video, he expressed his excitement about the upcoming concerts, starting with a special event in Las Vegas. “It’s been a while,” he said.
“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.” Keith referred to these shows as “rehab shows,” an opportunity to reunite with his band and find his rhythm once again. As he reflected on his unprecedented two-year hiatus, he revealed, “I’ve never been off a year in my life.”
Not only was Toby Keith a talented musician, but he also made a significant impact on the political stage. He had the privilege of performing for several U.S. Presidents, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. In 2021, Keith received the prestigious National Medal of the Arts from former President Trump, an honor that recognized his immense contribution to the music industry.
As we bid farewell to Toby Keith, let’s remember his exceptional talent and the joy he brought to countless fans across the globe. His music will continue to resonate and inspire for generations to come. Rest in peace, Toby Keith. You will be deeply missed.