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Toby Keith, the Voice of ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,’ Passes Away at 62

Country singer Toby Keith, known for hits like “Red Solo Cup,” has passed away at age 62. Keith died peacefully on Monday night, as confirmed by a statement from his family.

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His family shared the news via X (formerly Twitter), expressing gratitude for his grace and courage during his battle with stomach cancer. They also requested privacy during this time of mourning.

In September 2023, Keith spoke about his cancer journey at the People’s Choice Country Awards, describing it as a “roller coaster.” He said he felt good that day despite the fluctuations of his condition and was accompanied by his wife of nearly 40 years, Tricia Lucus.

Throughout his cancer battle, Keith was supported by his wife, Tricia Lucus, whom he had been married to for nearly 40 years.

Toby Keith’s cancer diagnosis occurred in 2022, marking the beginning of his fight against the disease. Despite his illness, Keith continued to maintain a positive outlook and fought his battle with bravery.

Despite his health struggles, Keith returned to the stage in December 2023, performing his first official headlining shows since his diagnosis. These performances took place at Park MGM in Las Vegas and were considered a significant milestone in his recovery journey.

Keith announced his comeback in a video on YouTube, where he said he was determined to overcome his health challenges and thanked God for being with him. He said the shows were a form of rehabilitation to get his band and himself ready for more performances.

“I’m doing a little deal and thought I’d start in the great Las Vegas.” He added that the shows were a form of rehabilitation to get his band back in sync and himself back into performing shape.

“It’ll be my first two shows. They’re kind of rehab shows — get the band back in sync, get me rolling again,” he said.

Keith reflected on the challenges he faced, including COVID-19 and his battle with cancer, but remained optimistic about his future. He said he was not letting the devil get him down and was eager to get the band back together.

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“Through COVID and cancer, the old devil’s been after me a little bit,” he continued. “I’ve got him by the horns right now, so instead of just sitting around and waiting, we’re gonna get the band back together.”

Toby Keith played for several U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump. He was also awarded the National Medal of the Arts by Trump in 2021.

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