We lost a good one.
Yesterday we all woke up to the news of Toby Keith’s passing after his two-year battle with stomach cancer. Although Toby’s recovery seemed to be going well (as he had just performed back-to-back nights in Vegas this past weekend), God had other plans.
The country music community was left shocked, mourning the loss of an icon that had blessed our ears with hit-after-hit for just over three decades.
Even though I knew about your battle these last few months I still never imagined this day. Anyone who knew you knows what I mean. You were the toughest man I ever met. Thank you brother for being a friend, a hero and an inspiration. There will never be another Toby Keith.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) February 6, 2024
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
Just waking up to the news of Toby Keith’s passing. 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. pic.twitter.com/M2RwMUFdKx— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) February 6, 2024
And last night, Darius Rucker honored the 62 year-old legend with a performance of his underrated 18th No. 1 hit, “God Love Her,” when he took center stage at the Grand Ole Opry last night.
God Love Her was co-written by Keith and was released in November of 2008 as the second single off his twelfth studio album, “That Don’t Make Me The Bad Guy.” It is currently certified gold by the RIAA.
The Should’ve Been a Cowboy singer has left a long-lasting legacy behind him. His status as an American patriot as well as a successful philanthropist will last in the hearts and minds of many. Over the course of his career, Keith scored 41 Top 10 hits, as well as 20 #1 singles.
Check out a TikTok clip of Ruckers performance below. Rest easy, Toby.