Feb 6, 2024, 08:30 PM IST
Country music fans worldwide are mourning the loss of beloved singer-songwriter Toby Keith, who passed away at the age of 62 on Monday, February 5, 2024.
The news of Keith’s demise was confirmed by his family in a statement shared on social media.
The statement, shared via Keith’s official X account @tobykeith, revealed that the iconic artist had peacefully departed on Monday night, surrounded by his loved ones.
The statement read, “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 (sic).”
Keith, renowned for hits such as “Don’t Let the Old Man In” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)”, leaves behind a lasting legacy in the country music industry.
Born in Clinton, Oklahoma, on July 8, 1961, Toby Keith Covel gained prominence in the 1990s with his single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, which topped the Hot Country Songs chart and propelled him to stardom.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Keith released numerous chart-topping albums and singles, earning accolades such as the Country Music Association Awards’ Male Vocalist of the Year and the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year.
In addition to his musical achievements, Keith was also recognised for his philanthropic efforts and support for U.S. military personnel and veterans.