Tim McGraw Pays Tribute To Toby Keith With Song Written For His Father

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Tim McGraw honored Toby Keith during his concert at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Orlando. The “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” singer’s performance was quite emotional. This was probably due to the fact Tim McGraw sang the song that had been written for his father, Tug McGraw.

Origins of “Live Like You Were Dying”

Tim McGraw sang “Live Like You Were Dying” to honor his fellow country music superstar and friend, Toby Keith. Keith passed away on Monday, February 5. McGraw originally wrote the song for his late father, Major League Baseball pitcher, Tug McGraw.

Tug McGraw passed away in January 2004 due to an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 59. Tim McGraw did not have a relationship with his father until he was an adult. Despite this, the two of them became very close. The “Cowboy In Me” singer had “Live Like You Were Dying” written for his father shortly after Tug McGraw passed away.


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Tim McGraw’s Instagram Post

Tim McGraw also took to social media to pay tribute to Toby Keith. In an Instagram post, the “Don’t Take The Girl” singer explained how he and Keith knew each other early in their careers, spending “quite a bit of time together.” Both McGraw and Keith’s careers in country music started about the same time. Their self-titled debuts came out on the same day.

“We had a lot of good times and conversations about what we wanted out of our career and our lives,” Tim McGraw posted on social media. McGraw went on to describe the “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” singer as a “maverick.”

“He did things his way, on his terms, a true artist,” Tim McGraw said. He then went on and described his feelings for Toby Keith. “I always have and always will have tremendous respect for his artistry, dedication and fearlessness to do his thing.” He ended his post with “We all will miss you, brother.”


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Toby Keith’s Sudden And Untimely Death

Toby Keith passed away on Monday, February 5, 2004. He was at his home in Oklahoma, surrounded by his family. His family shared the news of Keith’s death on social media.They said he passed away in his sleep.

The “American Made” singer had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He underwent chemotherapy, radiation and at least one surgery. Despite all the treatments, Toby Keith lost his battle with stomach cancer.

Tell us what you think. What are your thoughts on Tim McGraw singing “Live Like You Were Dying” in honor of Toby Keith? Did you know the song was written for McGraw’s father, Tug McGraw? What do you think about McGraw’s Instagram post? Sound off in the comment section below.


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