MOORE, Oklahoma – Country music fans are mourning the loss of iconic singer and songwriter Toby Keith, who passed away at the age of 62 after a battle with stomach cancer. The news of his death was announced on his official website and social media accounts early Tuesday morning.
Keith revealed his diagnosis 18 months ago and had been candid about his journey with cancer. Despite his illness, Keith continued to perform and pursue his passion for music. In fact, he even received the Country Icon Award at the People’s Choice Country Awards in September last year.
Throughout his career, Keith became a prominent figure in the country music industry, selling millions of records and earning numerous hits. His contributions to the genre were significant, with his songs accumulating over 10 billion digital streaming plays. His most recent album, “100% Songwriter,” was released in November.
Born in Clinton, Oklahoma, and raised in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, Keith’s music resonated with audiences worldwide. His debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” became a chart-topping hit and cemented his status as a noteworthy artist in the 1990s and beyond. Other notable hits include “Beer for My Horses,” a duet with Willie Nelson, “I Love This Bar” and “Red Solo Cup.”
As fans and the music industry honor his legacy, Keith’s impact on country music will undoubtedly continue to be felt for years to come. He leaves behind a catalog of timeless music that has left an indelible mark on the genre.