American country singer loses cancer battle

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The American country singer Toby Keith, known for hits such as “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, lost his battle against stomach cancer on Monday evening at the age of 62.

This news was announced on Tuesday morning in a short statement on the singer’s official website and on social media.

The BBC reports that the singer was already diagnosed with cancer in 2021 and only made the news public a year later.

He is survived by his wife, Tricia Lucus, and three children and, according to the statement, “fought his cancer battle with grace and dignity”.

Keith, born in Clinton, Oklahoma in the USA, gained fame as a country artist in the early 90s and quickly became an icon of the genre.

In his 30-year career, he sold between 25 million and 30 million records in the US alone.

His songs often referred to patriotic themes. His controversial hit, “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American)”, was released shortly after the 9/11 attacks and drew widespread criticism, especially from fellow country singers The Dixie Chicks.

A month-long feud continued between the singer and the group before Keith later said in the media that there were “much more important things” to focus on.

Other hits include “Beer for My Horses”, a duet with Willie Nelson, “I Love This Bar” and “Red Solo Cup”.

His most recent album, 100% Songwriterwas launched in November 2023.

Sources: BBC, NBC News.