Toby Keith

Toby Keith

Musician and horseman dies at age 62.

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Legendary country music star Toby Keith, who was also an avid horseman, died February 5, 2024, at the age of 62 due to stomach cancer.

The singer passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, said a notice posted to his official website.

Keith had 20 No. 1 Billboard hit songs, including "Shoulda Been A Cowboy," "How Do You Like Me Now?!", "As Good As I Once Was" and "Beer For My Horses." 

He worked as a roughneck in the Oklahoma oil fields and played semi-pro football before launching his music career.

The avid horseman raced both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. In the name of his Dream Walkin Farms Inc., the American Quarter Horses he raced earned more than $992,000, including a number of stakes-placed runners. He also raced in partnership The Down Side, who contested the 2002 All American Futurity (G1) and won the prestigious Champion of Champions (G1) in 2003.

Keith's Thoroughbreds earned more than $18.6 million for his Dream Walkin Farms Inc.

The artist was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.