BREAKING: Toby Keith Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Toby Keith has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He is 60 years old. The country hitmaker and Songwriters Hall of Fame…

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Lauren Jo Black

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June 12, 2022

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Toby Keith has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He is 60 years old.

The country hitmaker and Songwriters Hall of Fame member took to social media on Sunday morning to share his diagnosis with fans. 

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” the “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” singer wrote.

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Toby Keith

He added, “I am looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.” 

Toby Keith is married to his longtime love, Tricia. They have three children: Shelley, Krystal, and Stelen.

Keith recently hosted the 18th Annual Toby Keith and Friends Golf Classic, raising more than $1,380,000 for OK Kids Korral, the cost-free home for families of children being treated at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. 

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $16 million for the organization.

In 2021, Toby Keith released his 19th studio album, Peso In My Pocket. The project includes the fan-favorite track, “Old School,” as well as his brand-new radio single, “Oklahoma Breakdown.” 

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Co-produced by Keith and Kenny Greenberg, the 10-track album includes songs co-written with Sammy Hagar, former front man of Van Halen, as well as cuts from the Warren Brothers, Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris, Jessie Jo Dillon and more.

Throughout his career, Toby Keith has charted 61 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including 32 No.1 singles.

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Some of his biggest hits include “I Love This Bar,” “Beer For My Horses,” “As Good As I Once Was,” and “How Do You Like Me Now?”

The Oklahoma native’s next upcoming tour date is set for June 17 in Wheaton, Illinois.   

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.