Country music icon Toby Keith, known as a proud Oklahoman, passed away at 62 after battling stomach cancer. His family praised his courage, stating he passed away surrounded by loved ones.

Carrie Underwood, deeply affected by the loss, paid a heartfelt tribute to her friend and fellow Okie. She reminisced about their special bond forged through their shared roots in Oklahoma.

Underwood previously honored Keith at the BMI Icon Award ceremony in 2022 by performing his debut single. Reflecting on their friendship, she posted photos from the event, expressing her sorrow at his passing.

Underwood’s emotional tribute on social media captured the essence of their connection and her belief that Keith now resides in heaven.