Toby Keith’s family announces funeral plans

Keith passed away on February 5th

Toby Keith’s family has announced plans for a private funeral with fans being able to pay homage as well at a later date. His estate shared the news on his social media channels on Saturday (Feb 10th).

“The Covel Family is hosting a private funeral service for family, band and crew only in mid-February. A memorial service to honor Toby will be announced only on Toby’s socials shortly,” the post reads.

Fans are encouraged to send donations to the Toby Keith Foundation which will benefit OK Kids Korral, an organization Keith founded to provide support for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

“In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to @tkfoundation1 to support the OK Kids Korral.”

The country star passed away on Monday (Feb 5th) at 62 after a three-year battle with stomach cancer. Despite his health, he returned to the stage in mid-2023 where he performed a pair of pop-up shows in Norman, Oklahoma. His final performances were marked by three sell-out shows at Park MGM in Las Vegas in December where he was surprised backstage with Pandora’s Triple Billionaire Plaque for performances of his music on the platform.

Keith rose to fame in 1993 with the release of the self-penned “Should’ve Been A Cowboy.” He released 24 studio and compilation albums and sold more than 40 million globally. In his career, he produced more than 60 singles with 20 topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” “How Do You Like Me Now!?,” and “Beer for My Horses” with friend Willie Nelson, were among his biggest hits.

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