In a touching tribute, renowned AEW commentator Jim Ross expressed his profound sorrow over the passing of country music legend Toby Keith, who died at 62 on February 5, 2024. Keith, an iconic figure in the music industry, left an indelible mark with his 21 studio albums, four of which ascended to the No.
1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts. His contributions to country music have established him as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Ross, a notable figure in the wrestling world, shared his grief on X (formerly known as Twitter), reflecting on the loss of his friend.
"My heart is heavy today upon hearing that my friend Toby Keith has left us. I'm so sad. A true man's man. Boomer Sooner Big T," he lamented, showcasing the depth of his connection with Keith.
Keith's Wrestling Legacy
Wrestling enthusiasts will fondly remember Keith for his memorable appearances in WWE and TNA wrestling events.
In 2009, Keith graced "WWE Raw" with his presence, and his 2002 TNA appearance is particularly memorable for his musical performance being interrupted by wrestler Jeff Jarrett. In a thrilling twist, Keith exacted his revenge by eliminating Jarrett from the Gauntlet for the Gold battle royal at TNA's inaugural pay-per-view event.
He further cemented his wrestling legacy by aiding Scott Hall in defeating Jarrett in a showdown at TNA's second pay-per-view. The music world was shaken in June 2022 when Keith revealed his battle with stomach cancer, a diagnosis he had kept private since late 2021.
In a December 2022 press release, Keith described his condition as "pretty debilitating." His courageous fight against the disease came to a close as he passed away peacefully in his Oklahoma home. Jim Ross, no stranger to health challenges, has faced his own cancer battles in recent years.
In October 2021, Ross announced his skin cancer diagnosis, briefly stepping away from the wrestling world to undergo treatment. By December 2021, he joyfully declared his cancer-free status. However, he underwent another cancer-related surgery on his right hip in 2024, demonstrating his resilience in the face of adversity.