Legendary Entertainer Dies Following Cancer Diagnosis

(UnitedVoice.com) – After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, singer Toby Keith Covel, better known as just Toby Keith, sat down and wrote a song. That tune “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” became an anthem of sorts that captured exactly how the American people felt. The singer then went on multiple USO tours and performed more than 200 times for troops who were deployed overseas. Sadly, the patriotic country star is now sipping out of a red solo cup in the great beyond.

On February 6, Keith’s family announced he lost his battle with stomach cancer the night before at the age of 62. They said he was “surrounded by his family” and told his fans that he “fought his fight with grace and courage.”

Throughout his career, Keith had 20 number-one country hits. Those hits included his debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “Red Solo Cup,” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!” He also went on to form his own record label, Show Dog Nashville, in 2005.

In 2017, the “lifetime Democrat,” received criticism for performing at former President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The New York Times reported the singer said he would not “apologize for performing for [the] country or military.” He explained that he had performed for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in the past. Further, he stated that if the “president of the frickin’ United States asks you to do something and you can go, you should go.”

Stars expressed their deep condolences for the loss of the star on X, formerly Twitter. Blake Shelton called him “a hero and an inspiration.”


The USO posted a message saying its hearts were with “Toby’s family, friends, and fans,” and said the organization was mourning its “beloved friend and supporter.”

Keith is survived by his wife of 40 years and three adult children.

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