Country music singer Toby Keith died on Monday, February 5, 2024, after a battle with stomach cancer. According to a statement, he died surrounded by family. He was 62 years old.

Known for songs like “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Keith had 42 Top 10 hits, 20 of which went to No. 1. He announced that he had cancer in June 2022, and despite his diagnosis, Keith continued to perform during his illness.

Toby Keith Covel was born in Clinton, Oklahoma on July 8, 1961, and became interested in music and performing while visiting a supper club that his grandmother owned. He started playing guitar when he was eight, but didn’t get into performing until after high school while working in the oil industry.

Keith moved to Nashville in the early ‘90s to pursue a career in music. He gained fame quickly with his first single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which appeared on his self-titled debut album in ’93. It was followed by hits like “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action” and “Wish I Didn’t Know Now.”

He churned out several albums in the ‘90s with songs like “Who’s That Man,” “Does that Blue Moon Ever Shine on You,” and “We Were in Love.” In ’99, he released the single “How Do You Like Me Now?!” which was a big hit on both country and pop charts.

Two years later, Keith scored with “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.” His 2002 album, Unleashed, had multiple big hits, including “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American),” “Who’s Your Daddy?” and the Willie Nelson duet, “Beer for My Horses.” A year later, Keith released the songs “I Love This Bar” and “American Soldier” on his eighth studio album.

Over the remainder of his career, Keith continued to regularly release new albums, seeing success with songs like “Love Me If You Can” and “Red Solo Cup.” His last album, 100% Songwriter, was released in November 2023.

Over the course of 30 years, Keith released 20 studio albums, six compilation albums, two Christmas albums, and sold over 25 million records.