Country music has lost a legend with the passing of Toby Keith, the iconic voice behind hits like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “American Soldier,” and “Don’t Let The Old Man In.”
Toby faced a challenging battle with stomach cancer, a diagnosis he publicly disclosed in 2021. Following the revelation, he took a hiatus from performing to prioritize his treatments and spend quality time with his family. In sharing his journey, he praised his wife for her unwavering support, describing her as the best nurse and a source of strength during the trying times.
In a big comeback moment in September 2023, Toby received the Country Icon Award at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards. His poignant performance of “Don’t Let the Old Man In” resonated deeply, given the personal struggles reflected in lyrics like “Many moons I have lived. My body’s weathered and worn.
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Despite the triumphant return to the stage and the success of three sold-out concerts in Las Vegas in December, Toby Keith continued to undergo cancer treatment, acknowledging the ongoing challenges in a recent interview.
On February 6, the heartbreaking news of Toby Keith’s passing emerged, with a statement from his family shared on social media. He passed away on February 5, surrounded by his loved ones, having fought his battle with grace and courage. The family requested privacy during this difficult time.
Toby Keith leaves behind a lasting legacy, survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Tricia Covel, their three children – Shelley, Krystal, and Stelen – and several grandchildren. The country music community and fans mourn the loss of a true icon, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Toby Keith’s family as they navigate this challenging moment.