Toby Keith’s Kids Pay Tribute On First Birthday Since His Death

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It’s been four months since country music legend Toby Keith passed away, and today (July 8) his family, friends, and fans celebrated what would have been his 63rd birthday.

Toby Keith died on February 5, 2024, following a valiant battle with stomach cancer. For two-and-a-half years the country icon fought the disease, even rallying an impressive comeback just months before his death.

In late September, five months before he passed, Toby delivered his first televised performance since his diagnosis. He took the stage to sing “Don’t Let The Old Man In” at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards where he was also honored with the Country Music Icon Award at the inaugural event.

He returned to the stage again in December for a three-show run at Las Vegas’ Dolby Live at Park MGM. Those shows would be his last.

On the morning of February 6, his team announced that he had died the previous night “surrounded by his family” and “fought his fight with grace and courage.”

Toby Keith's passed away on February 5
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In the months since his death, his family has made few public appearances, but stepped out in support of his upcoming induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and for awards show tribute performances at the ACM Awards and CMT Music Awards.

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On July 8, two of his children, Stelen and Krystal, took to social media to honor their late dad on what would have been his 63rd birthday.


Stelen shared a photo of a moment from his wedding that showed the father and son sharing a laugh as Toby fixed Stelen’s tie.

“My old man’s that old man 🤍 Happy birthday dad, love you,” the caption read.


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Krystal shared a photo of her dad smiling at the camera during a celebrity softball game. Toby is seen holding up a card that reads “Keep Smiling.” Krystal captioned the photo, “Happy Birthday to our Popster. We miss him like crazy. Playin’ it sweet in heaven today.”


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Happy Birthday, Toby. You will forever be missed.