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Toby Keith Gives Update on His Health After Stomach Cancer Diagnosis

Toby Keith is a country icon, and a man of faith.

The 62-year-old star is the first recipient of the Country Icon Award at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards Thursday evening.

Prior to the award show kicking off, Keith told Fox News Digital that he is doing “alright” and has leaned on his faith to help get himself through the hard times – such as his stomach cancer diagnosis he revealed in June 2022.

“I lean on my faith and I just pray and lean into it,” Keith said. “You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do, and I don’t know how people do it without faith … that’s what I did, it was my rock.”

Keith shared that he is looking to return to performing in the fall if “everything goes good.”

The country music legend also told Fox News Digital that it is “pretty crazy” he’s being honored with the Icon Award.

“30 years of all the songs I wrote, and they’re flashing by ya pretty quick,” Keith said. “30 went by pretty quick … I’m glad they’re recognizing our accomplishment.”

Keith was presented the award at Nashville, Tennessee’s Grand Ole Opry by his “old friend” Blake Shelton.

“He’s who I would’ve chosen,” Keith told Fox News Digital on who he wanted to present the award to him. “He’s an old friend of mine, I was his first tour when he came out. We remain friends, we’re a lot of like … kindred spirits kind of thing.”

A tribute was played in honor of Keith before Shelton took the stage to present him with the Icon Award.

“I love my Oklahoma brother,” Shelton said when presenting the award to Keith.

Keith took the stage, gave Shelton a warm hug and told the crowd, “I bet y’all never thought you would see me in skinny jeans.”

The legendary musician thanked his family, his fans and God for allowing him to be able to receive the award on Thursday night.

Keith then went straight into a performance of his song, “Don’t Let the Old Man In.”

On the red carpet earlier in the evening, Little Big Town told Fox News Digital that fans would “really love” Keith’s performance during the award show.

Dustin Lynch echoed Little Big Town’s sentiments about Keith, saying that he is “one of his heroes.”

“One of my musical heroes, one of the reasons I moved to Nashville to want to write songs is Toby Keith. So, I’m looking forward to shaking his hand and telling him ‘Thank you’ again,” Lynch added.

In June 2022, Keith revealed that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in fall 2021.

“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” he wrote on his social media accounts at the time. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”

He added, “I am looking forward to spending this time with my family. But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.”

Keith is a longtime advocate for families facing cancer diagnoses and helped found Ally’s House in 2004, a nonprofit group that assists Oklahoma children with cancer and their families.

The nonprofit was named after Allison Webb, the 2-year-old daughter of Scott Webb, an original band member of Keith’s, and Scott’s wife Lisa. Allison died in 2003 of kidney cancer before her 3rd birthday.

Following in the footsteps of Ally’s House, he established the Toby Keith Foundation in 2006 “to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients.”

  • Guito says:

    I love Toby Keith and wish him, nothing but good.
    When u get a life sentence, it’s a life sentence.
    There is no spirit in the sky, if there was, he would never allow the death, destruction, and devastation that rains down on the glove every day s8nce inception and especially last 3 yrs.

    • Just me says:

      If you are referring to Our Lord Jesus as the spirit in the sky, he is not there to prevent hardship and death. The destruction and devastation is caused by sad and evil people.

      This is NOT Utopia where nothing bad happens.

      God Bless Toby for keeping the faith and leaning into it. Perhaps more people should find faith and goodness.

    • Auntie Vyris® says:

      He calls out to you every day, yet you reject him. The sin you love is the same sin that causes death and disease. You expect a perfect world but the perfect world went away when our ancestors had the same pride you have.

      You’re running out of time. Humble yourself before it’s too late. Don’t harden your heart. I will pray that you become humbled, that you may cast your sins and your old self at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.



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