Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, musician Toby Keith Covel, commonly known as Toby Keith, penned a song. This track, titled “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” resonated deeply with the sentiments of the American populace, serving as somewhat of an anthem.
Subsequently, Keith embarked on numerous USO tours, delivering over 200 performances to deployed troops abroad. Regrettably, this patriotic figure in the realm of country music has now passed away, metaphorically depicted as enjoying a drink from a red solo cup in the afterlife.
Keith’s family revealed on February 6 that he succumbed to stomach cancer the previous night at the age of 62. They conveyed that he passed away surrounded by loved ones and emphasized his dignified and courageous approach to his battle with the illness.
— Toby Keith (@tobykeith) February 6, 2024
In the course of his career, Keith achieved 20 chart-topping country hits, which encompassed his inaugural release, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” along with tracks like “Red Solo Cup” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!” Additionally, he ventured into entrepreneurship by establishing his own record label, Show Dog Nashville, in 2005.
In 2017, Toby Keith, described as a lifelong Democrat, faced backlash for his performance at former President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The New York Times noted that Keith defended his decision, stating he wouldn’t apologize for supporting the country or its military.
He pointed out that he had previously performed for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Keith emphasized that when the President of the United States requests your presence, it’s an opportunity one should seize.
Celebrities shared their heartfelt sympathies for the passing of the renowned star on X, previously known as Twitter. Blake Shelton described him as both a hero and a source of inspiration.
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Toby Keith, a beloved friend and supporter of the USO. Our hearts are with Toby’s family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace dear friend. pic.twitter.com/85nXDVO5ks
— USO (@The_USO) February 6, 2024
Keith is survived by his spouse of four decades and three grown children.