On Monday night, country music lost one of its biggest stars when Oklahoma native Toby Keith passed away at the age of 62.
Keith was battling stomach cancer. announcement His illness dates back to 2022.
Keith rose to fame in the 1990s after moving to Nashville from Oklahoma, where he worked in the oil fields. After the oilfield industry collapsed, Keith also played semi-pro football for the Oklahoma City Drillers before moving to Nashville to pursue his music.
He remained an avid fan of the university throughout his life. Oklahoma State Track and Field Program.
Throughout his career, he amassed over 60 singles on the Hot Country charts.
He has had 20 Billboard No. 1 songs, including “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “As Good As I Once Was,” “My List,” and his duet with Willie Nelson, “Beer for My Horses.” He left one hit.
But perhaps what Keith will be remembered for most is his overt patriotism and pride in America. Shortly after 9/11, Keith was released. Red, White and Blue Offersa song that still frequently appears on Americans' Independence Day playlists in 2024.
Rest in peace Toby Keith.
American legend. pic.twitter.com/zmC3X5SpKv
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 6, 2024
Keith continued to perform even during cancer treatment. “Please don't let old people in.” At the People's Choice Country Awards in November.
In 2020, Keith National Medal of Arts By President Donald Trump.
Keith and his wife Tricia Lucas had three children.
Michael Brauner is a senior sports analyst and contributing writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP