Upstate New York is mourning the loss of country music singer and songwriter Toby Keith, who passed away during the nighttime hours on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the age of 62.

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The news of Keith's death was confirmed by his official website, stating that Keith died peacefully surrounded by his family. He had been battling stomach cancer since being diagnosed in 2022.

Keith was known for his larger-than-life personality and his chart-topping country hits. His songs, including "Who's Your Daddy?," "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," "Beer for My Horses," and "Made in America," resonated with fans across the country. His powerful lyrics and energetic performances made him a staple in the country music scene.

The 38th Annual CMA Awards - Show
Toby Keith and his daughter Krystal perform on stage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004.  Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

In addition to his successful music career, Keith also made his mark in the world of acting. He appeared in television commercials for Telecom USA and Ford, showcasing his charismatic presence beyond the concert stage. He also took on acting roles in movies, starring in the 2006 film "Broken Bridges" and the 2008 film "Beer for My Horses," which he also wrote. These ventures allowed him to showcase his talents in different creative realms.

At one time, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill was located inside Destiny USA in Syracuse where acts like Chris Cagle performed before the venue went belly up in 2015. Keith also performed at the Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in 2015 as well as at the Pine Valley Campground in Endicott in the 1990s.

One of Keith's most notable performances was at President Donald Trump's inauguration concert at Washington's Lincoln Memorial in 2017. His participation in such a significant event underscored his popularity and the respect he commanded within the country music industry.

Keith's contributions to country music were recognized throughout his career. In September, he received the Country Icon Award at the People's Choice Country Awards, a well-deserved honor for his influence and impact on the genre. His enduring popularity and his ability to connect with audiences were evident in the outpouring of support and tributes following the news of his passing.

Toby Keith Receives BMI Icon Award at the 2022 BMI Country Awards
Toby Keith performs onstage for the BMI Icon Award during the 2022 BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 08, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Toby Keith's legacy as a country music icon will live on through his music, which touched the hearts and souls of fans worldwide. His energetic performances, memorable lyrics, and unwavering passion for his craft created a lasting impression. His contributions to both music and acting will be remembered and cherished by his fans and colleagues alike.

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