Country music legend dead at 62

NASHVILLE, TN – The curtain has fallen on the illustrious career of country music titan Toby Keith, who has died at 62. His passing was announced on his official social media platforms and website early Tuesday, sparking a wave of heartfelt tributes from admirers and colleagues.

Country artist Zach Bryan took to social media to share his memories of listening to Keith’s music during his youth. Radio host Bobby Bones also paid his respects, reflecting on the numerous occasions he had the honor of collaborating with Keith.

John Rich, one half of the country duo Big & Rich, described Keith as a “friend and legend,” praising his patriotism, songwriting prowess, and dynamic personality.

Keith’s musical legacy includes the patriotic anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” which resonated with many Americans following the 9/11 attacks. The music video for this song was widely circulated on social media following the news of his death.

Keith’s influence was felt beyond the realm of music. He performed at events for three U.S. presidents and was awarded a National Medal of the Arts by Donald Trump in 2021.

Singer Jelly Roll was among those who paid tribute to Keith, acknowledging the late singer’s immense impact on countless fans. The announcement of Keith’s death on Instagram was met with an outpouring of condolences from friends, fans, and fellow musicians.

Keith, who also gave us hits like “I Love This Bar” and “Red Solo Cup,” had been fighting stomach cancer. He had publicly announced in 2022 that he was undergoing treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.