Toby Keith Remembered by Stars and Fans After Passing at 62

Following the death of country music legend Toby Keith after battling stomach cancer at the age of 62, a number of country celebrities have paid tribute to him.

  • Country music legend Toby Keith has passed away at 62 after battling stomach cancer for nearly two years.
  • Tributes poured in from fellow country stars like Jelly Roll, Randy Houser, Zach Bryan, William Michael Morgan, Austin Burke, and James Otto.
  • Jelly Roll covered Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” at every show last year and expressed how Keith inspired millions.
  • Zach Bryan reminisced about listening to Toby Keith in his old man’s car and expressed deep sadness at his passing.
  • Randy Houser paid tribute by covering Keith’s song “I Love This Bar” and called him “an American icon.”
  • Other country stars like William Michael Morgan, Austin Burke, and James Otto also shared heartfelt tributes.
  • Non-country personalities including Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Baldwin, Kristy Swanson, Pat McAfee, and Donald Trump Jr. also paid their respects.

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  • Keith’s family confirmed his passing, stating that he passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones.
  • Toby Keith broke into the country scene in 1993 with “Should Have Been a Cowboy” and went on to produce several other hit songs.
  • He was known for his patriotism, exemplified in songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” following the 9/11 attacks.
  • Keith won numerous awards throughout his career, including ACM Awards and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • He performed for several U.S. presidents and was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by Donald Trump.
  • Despite his health struggles, Keith performed his first headlining show since his cancer diagnosis in December 2023.
  • He described these shows as “kind of rehab shows” to get his band back in sync and himself rolling again.
  • Toby Keith faced challenges from COVID-19 and cancer but remained resilient and continued performing until near the end of his life.

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