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Country singer Toby Keith dies at 62 after battle with stomach cancer

Feb 6, 2024, 6:33 AM | Updated: Feb 26, 2024, 12:09 pm

Toby Keith dies...

Toby Keith performs on stage during the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. Mandatory Credit: Katherine Bomboy/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

(CNN) — Country singer Toby Keith died Monday at the age of 62 after a battle with stomach cancer.

“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time,” a statement posted to Keith’s website and social media said.

Elaine Schock, who has been Keith’s publicist since 2003, confirmed his death to CNN.

Keith leaves behind his wife, Tricia, and three children, Shelley, Krystal and Stelen, his publicist told CNN. His mother and two siblings survive him.

He revealed his stomach cancer diagnosis in 2022.

Keith performed at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards in September and received the Country Icon Award.

He released his debut album in 1993 and is known for hits including “Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.” His 2002 song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” released in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, made him a household name.

Keith performed hundreds of shows for US service members abroad, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as at events for Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

He sometimes gifted wounded veterans with wheelchairs at his concerts.

A self-described third-generation Democrat, Keith told CNN in 2010 that his support of service members had nothing to do with politics.

“There’s not one single thing political about supporting the troops,” he said.

In 2021, then-President Donald Trump awarded Keith the National Medal of Arts, which the National Endowment for the Arts describes as “the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.”

CNN’s Marianne Garvey, Raja Razek, Amanda Jackson and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

 

 
 
 
 

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Country singer Toby Keith dies at 62 after battle with stomach cancer