Renowned country music artiste, Toby Keith, has tragically died at the age of 62 after bravely battling stomach cancer.
The beloved singer of hits like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “Red Solo Cup” departed on Monday night, February 5, surrounded by his loved ones, according to a brief announcement.
In a statement shared on Keith’s website and social media platforms, it was conveyed, “Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”
Keith’s cancer diagnosis was made public in June 2022, and in September of the following year, he shared the ups and downs of his treatment journey while accepting the Country Icon Award at the People’s Choice Country Awards in 2023.
Having debuted in 1993, Keith made an indelible mark on the music scene with his distinctive voice and chart-topping tracks, including the patriotic anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” released in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Beyond his musical contributions, Keith’s performance at Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration in January 2017, and subsequent recognition with the National Medal of Arts by Trump in January 2021, underscore his enduring impact on American culture.