Country music stars are grieving the loss of one of their own. Toby Keith died at the age of 62 on Monday, February 5 after battling stomach cancer for over two years. Toby was most famous for his debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which was the most-played county song in the 1990s. Toby continued performing even while he was sick, and his remarkable success in the industry was inspiring to so many others in country music.
After Toby passed away, celebrities from the country music world and outside of it shared tributes to the late star on social media. They remembered Toby for his incredible accomplishments and the legacy that he’s left behind.
Jason Aldean was one of the biggest stars to honor Toby on social media on February 6. “Just waking up to the news of Toby Keith’s passing,” Jason wrote. “Today is a sad day for Country music and its fans. Toby was a huge presence in our business and someone we all looked up to and respected. You and your music will be forever remembered big man.”
Carrie Underwood shared photos of her and Toby as she remembered the late star. “Saddle up the horses, Jesus, ‘cause a true blue COWBOY just made his ride up to heaven!!! Introduce him to all the Okies and sign that boy up for the choir! We’re gonna miss you, Toby, but my heart has no doubt that you are standing in the presence of our King right now!!! See you again someday, friend,” she wrote.
too many rides in my old man’s car listening to Toby Keith. really hard thing to hear
rest in peace friend we love you
— Zach Bryan (@zachlanebryan) February 6, 2024
Jelly Roll honored Toby by reposting a black-and-white photo of the late star on his Instagram Stories, and he wrote, “We covered ‘should’ve been a cowboy’ at every show last year. Toby inspired millions and I was one of them RIP.”
Country group Old Dominion had touching things to say about Toby on Twitter. “Toby Keith was a true trail blazer. Authentic and heartfelt but always with a wink ‘til the end. He was larger than life in so many ways and his music will live on forever! Raising our red solos tonight—you will be missed by so many. Peace,” the group wrote.
John Rich expressed his sorrow over the “terrible news” that Toby died on Twitter. “He was a true Patriot, a first class singer/songwriter, and a bigger than life kind of guy,” John said about Toby. “He will be greatly missed.”
Waking up to the terrible news that our friend, and legend @tobykeith has passed away from cancer. He was a true Patriot, a first class singer/songwriter, and a bigger than life kind of guy. He will be greatly missed.
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) February 6, 2024
“so sad to hear about Toby Keith dying. wow,” radio host Bobby Bones wrote on Twitter. “He was just with us in studio and seemed super positive. Ive had the honor of opening for him on his tour. playing with him at festivals. and having him, in studio many times. Gathering notes and thoughts to talk about it coming up this morning.”
so sad to hear about Toby Keith dying. wow. He was just with us in studio and seemed super positive. Ive had the honor of opening for him on his tour. playing with him at festivals. and having him, in studio many times. Gathering notes and thoughts to talk about it coming up…
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) February 6, 2024
First Lady Jill Biden shared a message on Twitter in response to Toby’s passing. “Cancer truly touches us all. Rest in peace, Toby Keith,” Jill wrote.