Two weeks before his death, Toby Keith had a phone conversation with NFL great Brett Favre. Favre detailed that call in a new interview.
The death of Toby Keith shook the country music world and many people outside of it who considered themselves his friend. In recent months, the 62-year-old singer appeared to be doing well after fighting stomach cancer for two years.
Keith performed on the People’s Choice Country Awards in September, marking his first televised appearance since the diagnosis. In the months prior, the singer made surprise appearances to perform at his own local venue, Hollywood Corners, he celebrated a national championship with the OU Sooners softball team, sang karaoke in an Uber, made a surprise appearance at a Jason Aldean concert and did a mini Vegas residency in December.
All signs seemed to point to Toby Keith recovering, but according to Brett Favre, he saw signs to the contrary.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback told the outlet that he called Toby two weeks ago, keeping with his routine of checking in on his friend every three months. He could tell by the conversation that Keith was “just tired.”
“In Toby’s case, I don’t know if he could have done anything different,” the Hall of Famer said. “He put on a brave front. I know that. He went from 260 to 130. In the end, he was just tired … He stood up to cancer about as good as you can.”
Keith also revealed in the call with Favre that he had quit chemotherapy.
“He said, ‘I quit chemo. It probably did more damage to me than cancer did. I’m just hoping I didn’t quit it too late,'” Favre recalled Toby saying. “‘I’m thankful I got a chance to play some shows.'”
Favre said that he didn’t ask Toby about his prognosis, but the country star told his friend, “Brett, whatever happens, I’m okay with it.”
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Watch Brett Favre’s full interview with TMZ Sports below.