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Brett Farve Says Toby Keith Battled Cancer with ‘Grace and Faith’

Photo from Toby Keith’s Instagram

Brett Farve Says Toby Keith Battled Cancer with ‘Grace and Faith’

By Movieguide® Contributor

In an interview with TMZ Sports, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre remembered his friend, country singer Toby Keith, after his death.

Movieguide® reported on Keith’s death:

Country singer Toby Keith has died following a battle with stomach cancer. He was 62. 

“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time,” a statement on his website reads. Keith first announced his cancer diagnosis in 2022. 

“I think in the end he was just tired,” Favre said. “He did say that to me when we had our conversation, he said, ‘Brett…whatever happens, I’m okay with it.'”

Favre and Keith were close friends. The former NFL star would call the musician every three months or so to check in.

One day after talking to Keith, Favre hoped his friend had “turned a corner.”

“He said, ‘I quit chemo and it probably did more damage to me than the cancer did,’” Favre shared. “And he said, ‘I just hope I didn’t quit it too late, but…I’m thankful I got a chance to play some shows. I finished them.’”

Keith died a few days later, but Favre is proud of how his friend battled cancer.

“He handled it with grace and faith and family,” Favre explained, “and stood up to the cancer about as good as you can.”

He even recalled some fond memories the two shared together, mostly on the golf course.

“I can’t remember a good or a bad shot he hit,” Favre said. “I can just remember him smiling and had everyone hooting and hollering and having a lot of fun. He was an entertainer. He was the best.”

Movieguide® reported on Keith’s death:

“Toby Keith has gone home. This is very sad news. We loved and respected him on every level and whispered many a prayer for him as he fought this illness,” said The Oak Ridge Boys. “God must have needed a big-hearted Oklahoma singing boy for the great choir. Well, he got one. RIP Toby Keith.”

Fellow country music star Lee Greenwood added, “Toby Keith did things his way – amazing artist, songwriter, patriot, and man of faith. I admired him and how he rolled. He and I shared a deep love for our military, and I’m proud that he took his music to dangerous places in order to give the American spirit to those protecting freedom.”

“I was pleased he called me the OG and was honored to work with him a few times through the years. Please join our family in praying for the Keith family. I am confident that Toby was met at the pearly gates by patriots who have gone before and is resting in the arms of Jesus,” he continued.

Dolly Parton shared on X, “It’s always hard when we lose our brothers and sisters in country music. Toby Keith was one of the greats in every way. He will be missed but his music and legacy will live on.”

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.