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Toby Keith, country music legend, has died


Toby Keith, the country star known for chart-topping hits including "Should've Been a Cowboy" and "Made in America," died on Monday. He was 62.


He "passed peacefully" on Monday night, a statement posted on his official X account said Tuesday.


The "Red Solo Cup" singer announced in June 2022 that he'd been diagnosed with stomach cancer and was "receiving chemo, radiation and surgery."


"He fought his fight with grace and courage," Tuesday's statement said. "Please respect the privacy of his family at this time."


Keith shot to fame in 1993 with his debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy," his first No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. He would go on to amass 20 No. 1 hits on that chart, with the songs, "How Do You Like Me Now?!," "I Wanna Talk About Me," "Beer for My Horses," "Who's Your Daddy?," "I Love This Bar" and "As Good as I Once Was," among others.


In the aftermath of 9/11, the Oklahoma native found success with a slew of patriotic songs, most notably with 2002's "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)." The single went to No. 1 as did 2003's "American Soldier" and 2011's "Made in America."


Keith was a two-time winner for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year and he received the inaugural country icon award at the first People's Choice Country Awards last September.


He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Donald Trump in 2021.


Keith is survived by his wife of 40 years, Tricia Lucus, and their daughters Shelley and Krystal, and son Stelen.

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