Country music legend Toby Keith has tragically died at the age of 62, his management team announced early Tuesday.
The country music world has suffered a huge loss after the death of Keith, who lost a battle with cancer.
As Slay News previously reported, Keith revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
He described the fight as “debilitating.”
The statement about Keith’s passing said he “fought his fight with grace and dignity.”
Over a more than 30-year career, hits including “Who’s Your Daddy” and “Made in America” were enjoyed by millions.
He is survived by his wife, Tricia Lucus, and three children.
Keith said he had been receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for his cancer.
He said he was “comfortable with whatever happened” with his illness.
An Oklahoma native, he worked in oil fields and as a semi-professional American Football player before breaking out as a musician in the 1990s.
His debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” released in 1993, became a number-one hit.
The song romanticizes the cowboy lifestyle and makes reference to singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.
Later albums included “Blue Moon,” “Pull My Chain,” and “Unleashed.”
Keith’s songs frequently referred to patriotic themes.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, he released the song “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American).”
The song was criticized by liberal country artists the Dixie Chicks.
The feud lasted several months before Keith announced there were “far more important things” to focus on.
Over the years, he played at events for several US presidents, including George W Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
President Trump awarded Keith a National Medal of the Arts in 2021.