Clint Eastwood expresses his sadness over the death of Toby Keith, who passed away at the age of 62 after battling stomach cancer for two years. Eastwood, a longtime friend of Keith, took to social media to share his thoughts on the news. He reveals that he is "extremely saddened" by the loss of his friend and pays tribute to Keith, saying, "Rest in peace my friend."
Interestingly, Eastwood played a role in inspiring one of Keith's final career successes. After a conversation with Eastwood about how he remained active in both his work and personal life at his age, Keith wrote the song "Don't Let the Old Man In." Although the song appeared in Eastwood's film The Mule in 2018, it was not released as a single. However, after Keith performed a moving rendition of the song at the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards, the overwhelming response convinced him to release it as a single.
The song quickly rose to the top of the iTunes charts, and Keith subsequently announced a series of three shows in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, these shows would be his final live performances. Keith's family announced his peaceful passing, surrounded by loved ones, on February 5th. They ask for privacy during this difficult time.
Clint Eastwood's heartfelt tribute to Toby Keith underlines the impact of Keith's music and the profound loss felt by those closest to him.