Country Music Star Toby Keith Dead At 62
Toby Keith performs onstage during the 2021 iHeartCountry Festival Presented By Capital One at Frank Irwin Center on October 30, 2021 in Austin, Texas.
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Country music star Toby Keith died Monday in Oklahoma after a battle with stomach cancer, his family announced in a statement. He was 62.

During a career that spanned over three decades, he scored 32 No. 1 hits and 42 top 10 hits, according to his website. His biggest hits included “Beer For My Horses,” “As Good As I Once Was,” “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” and “Red Solo Cup.”

Keith’s cause of death was not immediately revealed.

“Toby Keith passed away 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,” a post on X from his personal account said.

The country singer had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2021 but only publicly revealed his medical situation in a June 2022 tweet.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith tweeted in June 2022. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”

After describing his cancer battle as a “roller coaster” in September 2023, Keith told Fox News Digital that his faith played a major role in helping him cope. “I lean on my faith and I just pray and lean into it. You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do, and I don’t know how people do it without faith … that’s what I did, it was my rock.”

In December, the “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” hitmaker finally got back to touring and performed three sold-out shows at Park MGM’s Dolby Live in Las Vegas.

Keith said during an appearance on the “Superstar Power Hour” podcast back in January that he was “turning a corner” in his cancer fight.


“I’m doing really good,” he told the host. “It’s been a tough two years, but I think I’m turning a corner. I don’t know if you’re ever done with it [cancer], but I’m trying to be.”

Keith also told the host that he felt “weird in 2023,” noting that he’d never had a year off from performing in his life.

“And this is my 30th year in the [country music] business, so it was really weird just sitting here with your handcuffs on,” the singer explained.

He is survived by his wife Tricia, three children, and four grandchildren.

Amanda Harding and Katie Jerkovich contributed to this report.

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