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Toby Keith Performs “Don’t Let the Old Man In” at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards

Toby Keith’s performance of “Don’t Let The Old Man In” at the 2023 People’s Choice Country Awards was a poignant moment that resonated deeply with his fans and the country music community. This song, which Keith wrote for Clint Eastwood’s film “The Mule,” carries a message about not letting age define one’s capabilities or dampen one’s spirit. The performance was made even more impactful given Keith’s health struggles at the time​​.

Keith was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2021 but chose to keep his battle private until June 2022. Despite undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, he remained determined to return to the stage. His appearance at the People’s Choice Country Awards was his first since the diagnosis, where he not only performed but also received the first-ever Country Icon Award, celebrating his significant contributions to country music over a 30-year career​​​​.

Tragically, Toby Keith passed away on February 5, 2024, after a valiant fight against stomach cancer. His family announced his passing in a statement, highlighting his graceful and courageous battle. Keith’s legacy extends beyond his music; he was a philanthropist and entrepreneur, with his foundation supporting children undergoing cancer treatments and his involvement in USO tours to support military families​​.

Keith’s last public performances occurred in December 2023, where he played to sold-out crowds, delivering over two hours of his hits. The significance of his song “Don’t Let The Old Man In” during these performances was profound, possibly hinting at Keith’s personal reflections on his journey and the inevitability of time. His contribution to country music, his resilience in the face of illness, and his final performances leave a lasting legacy that continues to inspire​​.

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