Toby Keith Covel, professionally known as Toby Keith, was an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor, born on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Oklahoma, United States.
On February 5, 2024, country music fans were left in mourning after it was confirmed that Toby had passed away at the age of 62.
Keith was recognized one of the greatest singers of his genre with an array of number one hits across his 30-year singing career, including Who’s Your Daddy and Made in America.
The singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer towards the end of 2021.
According to him, he had been receiving chemotherapy, radiation and surgery for his cancer. He said he was “comfortable with whatever happened” with his illness.
In a brief statement, his family paid tribute to the Oklahoma native.
He passed away in his sleep after his two-year battle with the illness. Keith is survived by his wife, Tricia Lucus, and three children to mourn his death.
“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family,” a statement posted on his website read.
“He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”
Toby Keith’s career journey
Before he became a singer, Keith worked in oil fields, he even had a chance of making it as an American Football player after turning out at a semi-professional level.
However, he journeyed into the world of music in the 1990s and never looked back.
His debut single Should’ve Been a Cowboy, which romanticises the life as a cowboy, went straight to number one after its release in 1993.
He went on to record 19 studio albums and sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Toby was once dubbed Country Music’s $500million man by Forbes Magazine.
He achieved this feat after amassing a multi-million dollar fortune.
Over the years, he played at events for several US presidents, including George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. He was one of several musicians to travel to the Middle East to play for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In January 2021, Keith was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Trump in a closed ceremony alongside Ricky Skaggs.