Toby Keith tributes – live: Country music world grieves singer after he died ‘surrounded by family’

Country Singer Toby Keith Dies At 62

Tributes are pouring in for country music star Toby Keith, who has died aged 62.

Keith died of stomach cancer on Monday (5 February) surrounded by his family, who said in a statement: “He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”

The musician, who sold more than 40 million records throughout his career, was best known for the songs “Red Solo Cup”, “I Wanna Talk About Me” and the controversial “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”.

He performed for US presidents including George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, and was as much known for his public sparring with fellow celebrities as he was for his distinctly patriotic songs.

His final shows took place over the weekend, with Keith sharing video footage to his official Instagram page.

“And that’s a wrap on the weekend, y’all,” he wrote. “Back to it.”

Follow along with all the tributes to Keith as they roll in below


Jelly Roll pays tribute to inspiration Toby Keith

Rapper and country singer Jelly Roll has remembered Toby Keith as an inspiration.

“We covered ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’ at every show last year,” the “Need A Favor” artist recalled on his Instagram Story. “Toby inspired millions and, I was one of them. RIP.”

Inga Parkel6 February 2024 15:40


Governor of Toby Keith’s home state Oklahoma honours ‘legend’

Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt paid tribute to “legend” Toby Keith.

“America lost a legend today. Toby Keith helped make Oklahoma the coolest place in the nation,” Stitt wrote of the Oklahoma-born country singer.

“His legacy will forever be in the hearts of Oklahomans and fans around the world – I know his spirit will live on. Sarah and I offer our condolences to Toby’s family.”

Inga Parkel6 February 2024 15:20


Zach Bryan remembers childhood drives listening to Toby Keith

Fellow country singer Zach Bryan honoured Toby Keith with a childhood memory.

“Too many rides in my old man’s car listening to Toby Keith,” the 27-year-old “Something in the Orange” tweeted.

“Really hard thing to hear,” he added. “Rest in peace friend we love you.”

Inga Parkel6 February 2024 15:00


Luke Combs reacts to Toby Keith’s death

Grammy-nominated country singer Luke Combs reacted in disbelief to Toby Keith’s death.

“Damn, RIP Toby. Can’t believe it,” the “When It Rains It Pours” singer tweeted.

Inga Parkel6 February 2024 14:40


Country Music Television pays tribute to ‘country legend’ Toby Keith

“CMT is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of country legend Toby Keith. Our hearts go out to his wife, Tricia, his children, and loved ones during this difficult time,” the channel Country Music Television said in a statement.

Roisin O’Connor6 February 2024 14:21


Toby Keith’s early career beginnings

After a stint playing semi-pro American football, he launched his career as a singer in the late Seventies and Eighties, playing with his band around the red dirt roadhouse circuit in Oklahoma and Texas.

He ended up in Nashville, where he caught the interest of Mercury Records executive Harold Shedd, then best known for producing the hit group Alabama. Keith released his debut self-titled album, Toby Keith, with the label in 1993.

With his macho, pro-American swagger, booming voice and simple but catchy songs, Keith achieved success with hits including his breakthrough song, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, which became the most-played country song of the Nineties.

Roisin O’Connor6 February 2024 14:01


Good Morning America remembers country music star

Roisin O’Connor6 February 2024 13:41


Video: Toby Keith reflects on the first song he ever wrote

In a recently shared video, Keith reflected on one of the first songs he ever wrote, aged 14.

“The first song I ever wrote, I was 14 or 15 years old, it was called ‘If You Had an Out of Heartache”, it wasn’t bad, it was structured right, but it weren’t very good either.

“But the people round here, when I played it, they were like, ‘Wow, that’s a great song.’ It’s just a song, that was 5,000 songs ago.”

Roisin O’Connor6 February 2024 13:21


Tributes pour in from friends and fans

Pro-golfer John Daly, a longtime friend of the country music singer, commented on the Instagram post, writing: “My heart is truly broken… one of my best friends gone by this disease! RIP Big Dawg.”

Roisin O’Connor6 February 2024 13:01


Toby Keith, ‘Courtesy of the Red White and Blue’ singer, dies aged 62

“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.

Keith sold more than 40 million records over his career, which was peppered with controversy due to his political beliefs and a public feud with The Chicks (then known as The Dixie Chicks) over one of his biggest songs.

Roisin O’Connor6 February 2024 12:52