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Former TNA & WWE Personality Passes Away

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Toby Keith, the beloved country music legend known for his pro-American anthems, has passed away at the age of 62, due to stomach cancer.

Standing tall at 6-foot-4, Keith rose to fame during the country boom of the 1990s, captivating millions of fans with his songwriting.

Throughout his career, he openly clashed with fellow celebrities and journalists, resisting attempts by record executives to soften his rough edges.

Renowned for his unabashed patriotism in post-9/11 songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”, as well as lively barroom tunes like “I Love This Bar” and “Red Solo Cup”, Keith possessed a commanding voice, a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, and a versatile range that allowed him to deliver both love ballads and spirited drinking songs.

In an unexpected twist, Keith made a memorable appearance at the first Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (then NWA-TNA) weekly pay-per-view on June 19th 2002.

During his performance of “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”, he was interrupted by Jeff Jarrett. Later, he joined the Gauntlet for the Gold main event, executing a suplex on Jarrett and eliminating him from the match.

A brief clip of the suplex was featured in the onstage video package. Keith returned the following week on June 26th 2002 assisting Scott Hall in defeating Jarrett in a singles match.

In October 2010, he also guest hosted an episode of WWE Monday Night RAW.


July 8, 1961 – February 5, 2024

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