“Rip. Loved Toby”: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Mourns Devastating Loss of Legendary Singer-Songwriter at 62

Published 02/07/2024, 10:56 PM EST

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Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s son Patrick Schwarzenegger, bids farewell to the legendary country singer-songwriter, Toby Keith at 62. The devastating news has stirred emotions across the globe, marking the end of an era in country music. Keith, known for his timeless contributions to the genre, passed away peacefully on 5th February 2024, after battling stomach cancer. From performing for philanthropic reasons to selling out a memorable Champlain Valley Fair, twenty years ago, the legend had done it all!

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Keith had been receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for his cancer. He once stated that he was “comfortable with whatever happened” with his illness. Despite his challenges, Keith’s spirit remained resilient, inspiring all who knew of his struggle.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son joins music stars in paying tribute to the legendary Toby Keith

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The musician’s family confirmed Toby Keith’s peaceful passing in a statement shared on social media. The statement reflected, “Toby Keith passed peacefully on the night of Feb. 5, surrounded by his loved ones. He fought his fight with grace and courage.” The singer-songwriter had been battling stomach cancer since the autumn of 2021, displaying remarkable grace and courage throughout his journey.

Amid all the tributes from the industry, the elder son of bodybuilding icon Arnold Schwarzenegger took to his social media account to express his grief. On ‘X’ with a simple yet poignant caption, he wrote, Rip. Loved Toby.”

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Others also joined the chorus of mourn, Blake Shelton, a dear friend, expressed his admiration, calling Keith the “toughest man” he ever met. John Rich, another musician, described Keith as a “true Patriot” and a larger-than-life figure who will be greatly missed.

Carrie Underwood, in tribute, celebrated Keith as a “true blue COWBOY” making his ride up to heaven. She envisioned him joining fellow Oklahomans and signing up for the heavenly choir, expressing confidence that they would meet again someday.

Toby Keith Covel’s journey to musical stardom wasn’t a smooth ride. Before making it big in the early ’90s with hits like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” he worked odd jobs, played minor league football, and honed his craft on the honky-tonk circuit. His success continued through the ’90s and early 2000s with chart-toppers like “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This.”

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Notable collaborations with artists like Sting and Willie Nelson broadened his appeal beyond country music.

Beyond his musical triumphs, Keith was an outspoken advocate for American military service members. He went on 11 USO tours to perform for U.S. service members overseas and raised millions for charity, including building a home in Oklahoma City for children and families battling cancer. His 2003 hit, “American Soldier,” reflected his unwavering support for the men and women in America’s military.

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During this time of reflection and remembrance, he was celebrated for his contributions to the music industry and people’s lives. He was honored for the joy he brought to countless lives through his music, and fans find solace in the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

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