The legendary country music star Toby Keith sadly passed away last night at the age of 62 after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. Now, Keith’s fellow singer Kid Rock is speaking out to pay tribute to him.

Kid Rock Honors Toby Keith

“He was such an incredible talent, and he loved his family like he loved his country,” Kid Rock told Fox News. “And we should not forget what a fun guy he was.”

“I was thinking just when I heard the news 30 minutes ago, memories started going through my head of all the award shows and after-parties, whether it was in the back of Losers picking guitars or we were at a golf tournament or out in Los Angeles,” he continued. “So many different spots throughout the years. He was just a great, great guy. We called him Big Dog. He was a large man.”

Kid Rock went on to praise Keith for the love that he had for the United States military and the brave men and women who wear the uniform. 

“We used to joke about who went over there more because me and him definitely have tens, if not 20 times, that we had been there,” Kid Rock concluded. “Spending Christmas and Thanksgiving, just whenever we were called we went to do it.”

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Keith Passes Away

This came after Keith’s family announced that the country music star died on Monday night.

“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by family,” read a statement on Keith’s website.
“He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.” 

Tributes have been pouring in for Keith in the wake of this announcement.

“Toby Keith did things his way – amazing artist, songwriter, patriot and man of faith,” said the singer Lee Greenwood. “I admired him and how he rolled. He and I shared a deep love for our military and I’m proud that he took his music to dangerous places in order to give American spirit to those protecting freedom.”

“I was pleased that he called me the OG and was honored to work with him a few times through the years,” Greenwood added. “Please join our family in praying for the Covel family. I am confident that Toby was met at the pearly gates by patriots who have gone before and is resting in the arms of Jesus.”

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Carrie Underwood And Jason Aldean Weigh In

The country music star Carrie Underwood also paid tribute to Keith, saying, “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!” she continued. “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.”

Jason Aldean paid tribute to Keith as well, saying, “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.”

Keith was a true legend, and there will never be another one like him. Please join us in saying a prayer for his loved ones during this difficult time.


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