Did Toby Keith Just Die Suddenly In Hospital?!

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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 :

5 minutes ago / R.I.P Singer Toby Keith Died on the way to the hospital / Goodbye Toby Keith.

Heart stopped beating, country singer Toby Keith died of stomach cancer at Los Angeles hospital

Toby Keith – His Last Goodbye On His Deathbed, Ending After Years Of Suffering.

R.I.P Toby Keith – Finally stomach cancer took his life. Goodbye talented country singer!

Prayers Up, Toby Keith Is In Critical Condition After Being Rushed To Hospital

Prayers Up: Country Toby Keith Is Currently On Life Support After Diagnosed With Dangerous Disease.

Sad News Country singer Toby Keith Is Pass Away Expected Soon Family Prepare To Say Goodbye

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Did Toby Keith Just Die Suddenly In Hospital?!


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!

Big news…Toby will be performing live at the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards in a few weeks! Tune in on 9/28 at 8/7c on @nbc or @peacock! #PCCAs

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.

Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I’ve spent the last six months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.

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.

I’m thinking about getting back to fightin’ shape. I need a little bit of time to just rest up and heal up. It’s pretty debilitating to have to go through all that, but as long as everything stays hunky-dory, then we’ll look at something good in the future.

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.

Exactly 1 year ago today, St. Clair Hospital, Dr. Scott Halbreiner sawed thru my sternum, opened my rib cage, fixed my heart (mitral valve) & then wired me shut! Biggest Thanks Ever to Dr. Halbreiner, Dr. Dave Burkey & the nurses in the CVSU! Because of you guys, I’m still here!

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Did Toby Keith Just Die Suddenly In Hospital?!

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.

DUQUE DE CAXIAS,(BRAZIL),MAY,20,2020: doctors take care of patients with covid-19 and an intensive care unit (ICU) at hospital são josé specialized in the treatment of covid-19

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.

News of singer Toby Keith’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for hit songs like Red Solo Cup, I Love This Bar or Should’ve Been a Cowboy is alive and well.

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 SchwarzeneggerBarry Gibb, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Celine Dion, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Lucy LiuMadonna, Melanie LaurentMorgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, Simon CowellSylvester Stallone, Taylor Swift, and Tom Hanks.

He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.

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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Did Toby Keith Just Die Suddenly In Hospital?!

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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