Toby Keith’s confided in Brett Favre during his final days as the musical icon passed away at the age of 62 on February 5, 2024.
In an interview to TMZ Sports the 54-year-old retired NFL quarterback revealed that he had spoken to Keith, with whom he was good friends, a few days before he died from stomach cancer.
“I think in the end he was just tired. He did say that to me when we had our conversation, he said, ‘Brett… whatever happens, I'm okay with it,'" he told the outlet.
Favre, who said he called the Red Solo Cup singer every three months to check in on his health, noted that he had hoped that Keith had “turned a corner."
However, the now deceased singer didn’t have the best news to give him, “He said, ‘I quit chemo and it probably did more damage to me than the cancer did,’” the retired athlete shared.
He further continued recalling, “And he said, ‘I just hope I didn’t quit it too late, but… I’m thankful I got a chance to play some shows. I finished them.’”
Favre then proceeded on to praise Keith for his resilience throughout his battle with stomach cancer, which began with his diagnosis back in the fall of 2021. He stated that the singer “put on a brave front” despite losing over 130 lbs as his health declined.
“[Keith] handled it with grace and faith and family and stood up to the cancer as good as you can,” Favre noted.
The former sportsman also recalled how he bonded with singer over golf and that he did not “remember a good or a bad shot he hit,” rather remembered his sunny disposition.
"I can just remember him smiling, and had everyone hooting and hollering and having a lot of fun,” he added.
Favre described Keith as someone who was “a lot of fun” and “an entertainer" adding that "he was the best."
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