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Country music star Toby Keith dies at 62

US country singer, actor and record producer, Toby Keith, has died at the age of 62. 

The country icon passed away following a three-year battle with stomach cancer. 

"[He] passed peacefully last night... surrounded by his family," a statement on his social media platforms said.

Keith's star began to rise in the 1990s with hit songs such as Should've Been a Cowboy, How Do You Like Me Now?! and Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)

As well as his successful music career, Keith was also an actor and had ventured into entrepreneurship. He has received multiple awards for his contributions to country music, including numerous Country Music Association (CMA) Awards and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.

Over the course of his career, he played at events for several US presidents, including George W Bush. Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Mr Trump awarded Keith a National Medal of the Arts in 2021.

Throughout his career, Keith achieved the sale of over 40 million records.

He is survived by his wife, Tricia Lucas, and their three children: daughters Shelley Covel Rowland and fellow singer Krystal Keith, as well as their son, Stelen. Throughout his remarkable career, Keith achieved the sale of over 40 million records.

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