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February 7, 2024

We are shocked and saddened to have to report that country superstar Toby Keith has died at 62 after a battle with stomach cancer. A brief statement was posted early this morning on his website and social media accounts, reading, "Toby Keith passed away peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time."

The Oklahoma native burst onto the scene with his debut album, “Toby Keith,” in 1993. His first single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” hit #1 and became the most-played country song of the ‘90s. He released 19 studio albums, two Christmas albums and five compilations that together have sold over 40 million copies. He released 61 Billboard charting singles, including 42 top ten hits, 20 of which reached #1. “As Good As I Once Was” and “Beer For My Horses” (with Willie Nelson) both remained in the #1 spot for six weeks.

Keith’s outspoken patriotism often ticked off leftists, but he did not care. His response to the 9/11 attacks was the song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," with its famous declaration that “We’ll put a boot in your a**, it’s the American way.” He also showed his support for the troops with the 2003 hit “American Soldier” and 11 USO tours. And he raised millions in charity, including a home in Oklahoma for kids with cancer and their families.   

Gov. Huckabee has many cherished memories of guests on his Fox and TBN shows, but one of his favorites of all time was interviewing and playing bass with Toby Keith. Fortunately, that clip is available on YouTube. You can relive it at this link:

Our prayers and condolences go out to Toby Keith’s family and all his fans, who include all of us here.


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