Did country music star Toby Keith just die suddenly in the hospital from stomach cancer?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-09-21 : Added new details
Originally posted @ 2023-06-17
Claim : Toby Keith Just Died Suddenly In A Hospital!
People are sharing YouTube videos claiming to prove that Toby Keith just died suddenly in a hospital from a stomach cancer, with titles like :
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Truth : Toby Keith Did Not Die Suddenly In A Hospital!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to generate income from page views and YouTube advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Toby Keith Is Still Alive
Toby Keith (born Toby Keith Covel on July 8, 1961) is still alive as of 17 September 2023. We know this because his official Instagram account announced that Toby Keith would be performing live at the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards on September 28, 2023!
Obviously, that would not be the case if Toby Keith is already dead! In fact, it tells us that he is doing much better now!
Fact #2 : Toby Keith Is Fighting Stomach Cancer
Toby Keith announced in June 2022 that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer at the end of 2021. He said that he underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery in the past six months since that diagnosis.
In November 2022, Toby Keith told CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Cody Alan, that he was thinking about getting back to “fightin’ shape” as the cancer treatment was “pretty debilitating”. However, he suggested that everything was looking good.
On June 2, 2023, Toby Keith posted a rare photo of himself to raise awareness for the non-profit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He looked noticeably thinner, but very much still alive.
Then on July 15, he posted a video singing at the back of his Uber ride, which had a karaoke machine! He looked much better in this video.
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Fact #3 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported His Death
These YouTube videos have been circulating for weeks and months, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported Toby Keith’s death.
Even though he has not released any new songs since 2017, Toby Keith remained one of America’s top country music star.
If Toby Keith really died from stomach cancer, or any other cause of death, the American press would have reported on it, if not the worldwide media.
No legitimate media outlet reported that Toby Keith died suddenly in a hospital from any cause. Only a bunch of small-time celebrity death blogs / small YouTube channels.
Fact #4 : Toby Keith Death Photos Were Edited
I analysed the photos used in these videos, and traced the origin of two examples used in many of these videos.
This photo used to show Toby Keith unconscious and intubated in a hospital bed is actually a photo of Pittsburgh radio DJ, Sean McDowell, who retired from the WDVE station in May 2019.
In August 6, 2019, he posted these photos on Twitter, revealing that a year ago – on August 6, 2018, he had an operation to fix his heart’s mitral valve.
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This photo of an intubated man lying in a hospital bed is actually a stock photo with a photo ID of 1745351552 on Shutterstock. It was taken on May 20, 2020, with the following description.
Fact #5 : Toby Keith Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Toby Keith death hoax, ironically, is also being driven by another fake fact check article by MediaMass Project.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Toby Keith Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.
The statement from Toby Keith’s unnamed reps confirming that he is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other celebrities whose reps MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barry Gibb, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Celine Dion, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Lucy Liu, Madonna, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, Simon Cowell, Sylvester Stallone, Taylor Swift, and Tom Hanks.
Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.
Regardless of their reasons, anything posted by MediaMass.net must be considered as fake news, until proven otherwise.
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Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News
This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:
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