Toby Keith, a superstar in the country music industry, passed away at the age of 62, according to a statement that was posted on his website.
In a prior statement, he stated that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, a battle that he described as “debilitating.”
He was claimed to have “fought his fight with grace and dignity” in the statement.
Over the course of a career that spanned more than thirty years, millions of people listened to classics such as “Who’s Your Daddy” and “Made in America.” His three children and his wife, Tricia Lucus, are the only ones who will remember him.
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In order to treat his cancer, Keith stated that he has been undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. He stated that he was “comfortable with whatever happened” in relation to his current condition.
Before making a name for himself as a musician in the 1990s, he established himself as a semi-professional American football player and worked in the oil fields. He was born and raised in Oklahoma.
His first single, titled “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” was published in 1993 and quickly rose to the top of the charts. The song makes a reference to singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, which leads to the romanticization of the cowboy lifestyle.
Albums such as Blue Moon, Pull My Chain, and Unleashed were released in later years.
Keith’s songs regularly contained references to patriotic themes, the most controversial of which being the song Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American), which was released shortly after the 9/11 attacks and was attacked for what some people regarded to be chauvinistic lyrics.
Other country music performers, such as the Dixie Chicks, voiced their disapproval of the song. Before Keith made the announcement that there were “far more important things” to concentrate on, the conflict had been going on for several months.
Over the course of his career, he has performed at events hosted by a number of presidents of the United States, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. A National Medal of Arts was bestowed upon Keith by President Trump in the year 2021.