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Toby Keith Leaned on His Faith During Dark Days of Cancer Treatment and Had Brain 'Wrapped Around' Death

Keith's family confirmed that the musician had died at age 62 on Monday night

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Toby Keith

Toby Keith leaned on religion in his final days.

In an interview with News 9 in late January, the country singer, who died at age 62 on Monday night, revealed that he's relied on his faith to get through his diagnosis.

“You take it for granted on the days that things are good, and you lean on it when days are bad,” Keith told host Robin Marsh. “It has taught me to lean on a little more every day.”

Related: Toby Keith Dead at 62 Following Stomach Cancer Diagnosis: 'Passed Peacefully'

It ultimately helped him find peace with his illness.

“I was going through all the chemo, radiation, surgery, and I got to the point where I was comfortable with whatever happened. I had my brain wrapped around it, and I was in a good spot either way,” Keith said.

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In addition to his faith, he said that he couldn't have gotten through his battle with cancer without his wife Patricia and his family.

“She’s been a trouper. She stepped right in, took control, and said, ‘We got this,’” the "Should've Been a Cowboy" singer said.

<p>Terry Wyatt/Getty</p> Toby Keith in Nashville in September 2023

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Toby Keith in Nashville in September 2023

On Monday night, Keith “passed peacefully," according to a statement the family shared on X(formerly Twitter). The "Red Solo Cup" artist was diagnosed with stomach cancer in fall 2021 but made it public in June 2022.

"Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on Feb. 5 surrounded by his family, the statement read. “He fought his fight with grace and courage."

"Please respect the privacy of his family at this time," the message concluded.

Keith continued performing and entertaining crowds until the end of his life.

In September, he performed his 2019 track "Don't Let the Old Man In" at the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards.

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<p>Mickey Bernal/NBC via Getty</p> Toby Keith performs on stage during the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House in September 2023

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Toby Keith performs on stage during the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House in September 2023

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In October, Keith confirmed he'd be taking the stage in December for two concerts at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas on Dec. 10 and 11. Later, the seven-time Grammy nominee announced he'd be performing a third Vegas show on Dec. 14.

Keith took to Instagram on Dec. 28 to call the sold-out shows "a damn good way to end the year," sharing a visual montage of the performances.

On Dec. 31, he also shared a thankful post where he was looking forward to the New Year, writing: "Been one hell of a year with a lot to be grateful for. Here's to 2024!"

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