Country Music Icon Toby Keith Dead at 62

Country music icon Toby Keith has passed away at 62 following a battle with stomach cancer. Keith, best known for his hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” passed away on Monday night, surrounded by his loved ones, as per an official statement released on social media. The statement expressed that Keith faced his illness with bravery and dignity, and requested privacy for his family during this difficult time.

Earlier this month, the singer of “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” had spoken about his cancer journey, revealing that he was diagnosed in 2021. He shared his experience with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, stating that he had come to terms with his situation. He expressed gratitude for his wife’s support during his treatment, praising her for her strength and nursing skills.

Keith had previously shared with The Oklahoman in June of the previous year that he had been undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for over six months. He first publicly disclosed his battle with cancer in 2022, maintaining a positive outlook and expressing his eagerness to return to his fans.

With a career spanning over three decades, Keith sold more than 40 million records, thanks to his patriotic hits like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “Made in America,” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” His debut album was released in 1993, and he is also known for hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.”

Keith continued to release successful albums such as “Blue Moon,” “Pull My Chain,” and “Unleashed,” in 1996, 2001, and 2002, respectively. His other popular songs include “Who’s Your Daddy” and “As Good as I Once Was.” Before his music career took off in the ’90s, the Oklahoma native worked in oil fields and was a semi-pro football player.

Keith’s most recent performance was at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards in September, where he was honored with the Country Icon Award. In 2006, he established a foundation to assist children battling cancer.

Keith is survived by his wife Tricia Lucas, and their three children Shelley, Krystal, and son, Stelen. He also leaves behind four grandchildren.