What happened to Toby Keith? Toby Keith’s Health Scare and Career

Toby Keith, the renowned country music artist, faced health concerns in 2018; before his music hiatus in 2016, Keith enjoyed a successful career marked by numerous chart-topping hits and Grammy nominations.

Beyond music, he ventured into the restaurant industry and acted in projects like “The Long Road Home,” showcasing his diverse talents and enduring popularity.

Who is Toby Keith?

Toby Keith is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He has released seventeen studio albums since 1993, selling over 40 million records worldwide.

His most popular songs include “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, “I Love This Bar,” and “Red Solo Cup.”

In addition to his musical career, he owns several restaurants in Oklahoma and Las Vegas. 

Keith was born on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Oklahoma. Growing up he had an interest in both sports and music, playing football for the local high school team as well as performing with various bands around town.

After graduating from college with a degree in marketing, he moved to Nashville, where he began writing songs for other artists before eventually signing a record deal. 

What happened to Toby Keith? 

In July 2018, fans noticed that Toby looked very thin while performing at an outdoor concert in Texas and began speculating about his health status.

Reports then emerged suggesting that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer but these were never confirmed by either him or anyone from his team.  

What happened to Toby Keith
Toby Keith

After months of speculation, it was finally revealed that Toby had not been diagnosed with any form of cancer but instead suffered from severe acid reflux disease, which caused him to lose weight due to poor nutrition absorption.

He underwent treatment for the condition and now appears healthy again, although still much thinner than before due to changes made to diet following diagnosis of the illness.


Throughout his career, Toby Keith had several number-one hits on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Top Country Albums chart as well as multiple Grammy Award nominations.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, he also founded Show Dog Records, which signed artists such as Trace Adkins and Joe Nichols, among others.  

Recent Projects

Since taking a hiatus from releasing solo albums in 2016, Toby Keith has remained active within the entertainment industry with various projects outside of music.

For instance, he opened up three restaurants called “I Love This Bar & Grill” across America that feature live performances by local musicians every night of the week; these venues have become popular tourist attractions due to their unique atmosphere created by combining food service with live entertainment experiences. 

Additionally, he starred alongside other famous actors like Kiefer Sutherland in The Long Road Home movie adaptation based on Martha Raddatz’s book about soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom back in the 2017-2018 season on National Geographic Channel (now known as Fox Nation).   

What is Toby Keith’s Net Worth? 

 As of 2021, Toby Keith’s net worth is estimated to be 365 million dollars making him one of the wealthiest musicians in the world. 

Most of Toby Keith’s wealth comes from his career as a musician. Throughout his career, he has sold millions of records worldwide which generated significant revenue for both himself and record labels alike.

In addition to this, he also earns money through touring, merchandise sales, endorsement deals with brands such as Ford Motors Company and PepsiCo Inc., acting roles in movies like Beer For My Horses (2008), and investments into various business ventures including restaurants & bars across America.

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