Country music fans were stunned Tuesday when news broke that country star Toby Keith had passed away after a battle with cancer
The “Beer For My Horses” singer and songwriter dies at 62 from stomach cancer bringing a tidal wave of tributes for the singer from fellow stars, fans, and leaders across the country.
Keith was even praised by former President Donald Trump’s son, Don Trump, Jr., who insisted “We lost a legend.”
Pop megastar Taylor Swift has also been a big an of Keith. In 2022 she told Nashville’s WSMV that Keith was electric when he walked into a room.
“You’re in the room with him and you can feel it. There’s a power there, and you’re just like ‘Oh my God,’” Swift said of Keith. “I don’t think I’ll ever get to a point where I won’t see him and be like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Toby Keith!’”
Rest In Peace Toby Keith. He loved the USA. Here’s Taylor Swift talking about him in her 1st TV interview. pic.twitter.com/lVJ6vYqpM8
— Dan (@Dan2039612) February 6, 2024
Swift has a good reason to feel kindly towards Keith as he was also a key person who helped launch her career as a top man with Show Dog Nashville records and Big Machine Records, the latter which was Swifts’ former label, the New York Post wrote.
While it was DreamWorks executive Scott Borchetta who first signed Swift with Big Machine, Keith was a key member of the team that helped get her career on the road.
Still, despite the important role that Keith had in Swift’s career, she has made no statements on his passing.