Country music has lost one of its most beloved stars, Toby Keith, who passed away at the age of 62 after a battle with stomach cancer. Keith died on Feb. 5, with his family by his side, as stated on his official website and social media channels. His family has requested privacy during this difficult time.
Keith is survived by his wife, Tricia, and their three children, Shelley, Krystal, and Stelen. His mother and two siblings also continue his legacy.
In 2022, Keith publicly disclosed his fight with stomach cancer. Despite his illness, he made a memorable appearance at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards in September, where he was honored with the Country Icon Award.
Toby Keith’s journey in music began with the release of his first album in 1993. He quickly became a fan favorite with hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.” His patriotic anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” released after the 9/11 attacks, cemented his place in American music history.
In addition, he was a staple at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, having performed at least nine RodeoHouston concerts over the years.
Known for his deep connection with the U.S. military, Keith performed at numerous shows for service members in locations such as Afghanistan and Iraq. He also graced various presidential events, performing for Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush. His generosity extended to wounded veterans, often gifting them wheelchairs during his concerts.
Despite his fame, Keith remained grounded in his values. In a 2010 CNN interview, he described his support for the troops as apolitical, emphasizing the importance of standing behind service members regardless of political affiliations.
In 2021, Keith was honored by then-President Donald Trump with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons in the U.S., as described by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Toby Keith’s passing leaves a void in the country music world, but his songs and the memories he created will continue to inspire and entertain for generations to come.
Rest in peace.