Country Music Legend Toby Keith Dead at 62
Country music legend Toby Keith has died at age 62 after a battle with stomach cancer. The “Red Solo Cup” singer passed away on Monday, his family confirmed in a statement (via The Associated Press). “He fought his fight with grace and courage,” they said of him.
Keith started as a semi-pro footballer before beginning his musical career. He rose to prominence during the 1990s, crowing into one of the genre’s biggest stars. He boasted 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard, including “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “My List,” and his duet alongside Willie Nelson, “Beer for My Horses.”
Keith continued performing throughout his illness and treatment. He performed his last show in December in Las Vegas. Just a few months ago, Keith spoke to the Taste of Country Nights, On Demand podcast about the possibility of a 2024 tour, saying it was absolutely “on the board” after he and his band had “come stomping” into Vegas for a round of successful performances.
“I cruised on through it,” he said of his final performances. “It was a lot like riding a bike.”
In September, Keith made a triumphant, lauded appearance at the People’s Choice Country Music Awards to accent the Grand Ole Opry Icon Award. After Blake Shelton presented a montage of Keith’s career highlights, the veteran musician took the stage to sing his song “Don’t Let the Old Man” and to thank those who contributed to his legacy.
“Everybody that’s all behind [my career], all the great musicians that have played on all these albums, in the studios, they’ve poured their heart and soul into what I do,” Keith said. “Most of all, I want to thank the fans for still allowing us to do what we do.”