• Toby Keith died at age 62
  • He was a famous country singer
  • More Nashville stars are now paying their respects

The world of country music is draped in stars and stripes this week as it mourns the loss of one of its most cherished cowboys. Toby Keith (62), the larger-than-life singer-songwriter, has taken his final bow, leaving behind a legacy as enduring as his anthemic hits.

On a somber Tuesday, the Keith family shared a heart-wrenching announcement: "Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage." The "Red Solo Cup" crooner's battle with stomach cancer had reached its end, but his spirit gallops on in the hearts of fans and fellow artists alike.

Carrie Underwood Pays Tribute To Toby Keith

Toby's posse of admirers is vast and vocal, with country megastars like Jason Aldean declaring, "Today is a sad day for Country music," and Carrie Underwood poignantly tweeting, "Saddle up the horses, Jesus, 'cause a true blue COWBOY just made his ride up to heaven!!!" Their words echo the sentiment of a community united in loss.

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From Old Dominion's salute to a "true trailblazer" to Kid Rock's remembrance of Toby as "an incredible talent," the tributes are as heartfelt as the ballads Keith penned throughout his illustrious career. Even the sports world felt the tremor of his departure, with Michael Vick calling Toby a "Legend for sure!"

The "Beer for My Horses" singer leaves behind a loving wife, Tricia Lucus, their three children, and four grandchildren, who will carry on the Keith family's proud legacy. As the red solo cups are raised high this week, Nashville and the world bid farewell to a true patriot, a friend, and a cowboy who will forever be remembered.