Toby Keith‘s son is paying tribute. The late nation star is remembered in a touching word shared by his little one, Stelen Keith Covel, days after his loss of life

Stelen took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of himself as a child along with his dad, studying to swim in a pool. 

“You are the strongest man I have ever known. A fighter. A true titan of your industry. My guiding star. My coach. My hero,” Stelen started his caption. “An embodiment of the American Spirit. You are a man whose strength, prowess, and talent could only be trumped by his ability to be a father and husband. Your impact is forever stamped on the world and on millions of people, yet not one person knew you the way I did. You were my biggest champion and the guiding light in my darkest times. The best mentor a man could ask for. You held a passion that was greater than mountains and it radiates through every lyric and chord. In the everlasting echo from the legacy of your music, you leave me strength and faith to lean on in the silence that follows. You truly did it your way, from the starting gates to the finish line, and never apologized for it. The only thing I truly ever wanted in life was to make you proud. I promise I will continue to make you proud.”

He concluded, “It’s not goodbye forever; it’s just goodbye for now. I love you cowboy. “

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Stelen’s spouse, Haley Covel, additionally honored her late father-in-law by sharing a picture of him strolling her down the aisle on the couple’s 2021 marriage ceremony. 

“I’ll never have the right words to say. Toby was larger than life at home and on stage,” she mused in her caption. “It’s a complete honor to be his daughter-in-law. He took me in as his own and I’ll be forever grateful for that. He touched the lives of so many and I’m blessed to be one of those. Posting an image that means so much to me. He walked me down the aisle in 2021 to marry his son. Thank you for all of the prayers for our family during this time.”

The “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer died on Feb. 5 following a prolonged most cancers battle. He was 62. His loss of life was introduced on his web site and social media accounts, stating he handed away “peacefully” whereas surrounded by household.

“He fought his fight with grace and courage,” the assertion learn. “Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.” 

Toby had a celebrated profession in nation music with greater than 60 of his songs reaching the nation charts, together with 20 no. 1 hits. He bought greater than 40 million albums worldwide and was well-known for songs together with “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “Red Solo Cup,” “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Made in America.”

He’s survived by his spouse of 39 years, Tricia Lucus, and their three youngsters, Shelley, Krystal, and Stelen.

Toby Keith attends the thirty third Annual Academy of Nation Music Awards with spouse Tricia Covel and son Stelen Covel – Ron Galella Assortment through Getty Photos

Toby’s well-known pals have been honoring his legacy in current days, with Tim McGraw amongst these recalling considered one of his favourite reminiscences along with his “great friend” throughout a present.

“Toby and I got to know each other pretty well early in our career,” McGraw mentioned in a video from his efficiency at Arduous Rock Stay on the Seminole Arduous Rock Resort & On line casino in Hollywood, Florida. “We spent a lot of time hanging out on the bus, played some shows together, having to guard him in basketball. It wasn’t a lot of fun because he beat the s**t out of you.”

The gang obtained a great chortle at that final tidbit. 

“But he was a really, really good guy. A great friend and I always respected how he did things his way and didn’t care what anybody thought,” he continued, earlier than delivering an emotional rendition of his 2015 hit, “Live Like You Were Dying.” “So, bear with me if I don’t get through it — you guys can help me out — but I want to dedicate this song to Toby and his family.”