Reba McEntire and Toby Keith had extra in widespread than their nation music icon standing. After Toby’s loss of life on Monday, February 5, on the age of 62, Reba revealed that they’re each from Oklahoma. “Toby and I are each from Oklahoma and really pleased with our Oklahoma heritage,” the singer, 68, informed KOCO 5 on Tuesday.
“Toby labored very laborious to make a mark within the nation music enterprise, and he did a fantastic job doing that,” she continued. “Very pleased with him, and I hope he rests in peace. I used to be very honored to get to work with Toby and be part of the period of nation music he was in. We’ll positive miss him.”
Reba additionally seemed again on her time touring with Toby in a separate interview on Tuesday. “He was a fantastic author, a fantastic singer,” she informed PEOPLE. “When Toby got here on the radio, you knew who that was. Toby Keith was a particular vocalist, a stylist, that you simply knew precisely who he was. So, that’s an exquisite trait to have.”
She fondly recalled their mid-1990s reveals collectively, as properly. “That was a variety of enjoyable,” she informed the outlet. “Toby was extra of the renegade, the outlaw sort, and I’m the Little Miss Goody Two-Footwear, and so it was type of like two ends of the spectrum.”
Toby’s official social media accounts introduced his loss of life from abdomen most cancers on February 6 with a heartbreaking message. “Toby Keith handed peacefully final evening on February fifth, surrounded by his household,” the tweet learn. “He fought his battle with grace and braveness. Please respect the privateness of his household at the moment.” Whereas Toby had been initially identified with abdomen most cancers in 2021, he waited till June of 2022 to publicly share the devastating information in a press release.
Reba wasn’t the one family title to mourn Toby’s loss of life within the hours following the information. Celebrities together with Carrie Underwood, Zach Bryan, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, and even First Girl Dr. Jill Biden supplied their condolences with public statements, as properly.