Country music legend Toby Keith has sadly passed away at the age of 62 following a brave battle with stomach cancer.
An announcement posted on Keith’s official website and social media platforms shared the news, stating, “Toby Keith peacefully passed away on February 5th, surrounded by his loved ones. He faced his illness with remarkable grace and bravery. We kindly request privacy for his family during this difficult time.” The confirmation of his passing was also provided by his longtime publicist, Elaine Schock, in an interview.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Tricia, and their three children: Shelley, Krystal, and Stelen. He is also survived by his mother and two siblings.
Toby Keith openly shared his battle with stomach cancer in 2022. Despite his health struggles, he continued to share his musical talents with audiences and was even honored with the Country Icon Award at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards in September.
With a career spanning several decades, Toby Keith made an enduring impact on the country music scene with chart-topping hits such as “Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.” His poignant anthem, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” released in 2002 in response to the 9/11 attacks, solidified his status as an iconic figure in the genre.
In addition to his musical achievements, Toby Keith was known for his unwavering support of US service members. He frequently performed for troops stationed overseas, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and participated in events hosted by Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush, demonstrating his deep respect for those who serve their country.
Beyond his philanthropic efforts, Toby Keith often extended his generosity to wounded veterans, occasionally presenting them with wheelchairs during his live performances. Despite his political affiliation as a self-described third-generation Democrat, Keith emphasized that his dedication to supporting service members transcended political divides.
In recognition of his contributions to the arts, Toby Keith was honored with the National Medal of Arts by then-President Donald Trump in 2021, the highest honor bestowed upon artists and arts patrons by the US government.