Toby Keith, a renowned figure in country music, has tragically passed away at the age of 62, as confirmed by his management team on Tuesday. The country music community mourns the loss of Keith, who valiantly fought against cancer. Last year, he bravely shared his diagnosis of stomach cancer, describing the battle as physically and emotionally draining. In a statement, it was acknowledged that Keith faced his fight with grace and dignity.
Throughout his impressive career spanning over three decades, he captivated millions with hits like “Who’s Your Daddy” and “Made in America.” He leaves behind his wife, Tricia Lucus, and three children. Keith had been undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery in his battle against cancer, expressing acceptance of whatever outcome awaited him.
Originally from Oklahoma, he initially worked in the oil fields and pursued a semi-professional career in American Football before finding success as a musician in the 1990s. His debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” released in 1993, soared to the top of the charts. This song beautifully romanticizes the cowboy lifestyle and pays homage to singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.
Keith’s discography includes albums such as “Blue Moon,” “Pull My Chain,” and “Unleashed.” Keith’s music often incorporated patriotic themes.
Following the tragic events of 9/11, he released a powerful song titled “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American).” This song faced criticism from fellow country artists, the Dixie Chicks, who held more liberal views.
The feud between Keith and the Dixie Chicks lasted for several months until Keith decided to shift his focus to more significant matters. Throughout his career, Keith had the honor of performing at various events for multiple US presidents, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. In 2021, President Trump recognized Keith’s contributions to the arts by awarding him the National Medal of the Arts.