Cole Statement on the Passing of Toby Keith

Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement on the passing of legendary singer-songwriter and proud Oklahoman Toby Keith:

“Toby Keith was a homegrown music legend whose love of America and Oklahoma was ever-present. He never failed to show up for our military, embarking on multiple USO tours for our troops. In fact, after a visit to Iraq, where he came under fire at a forward operating base, the House of Representatives passed a resolution commending him for his courage and support of our men and women in uniform. Not surprisingly, he continued performing during the attack,” said Cole. “He brought that same vigor to our community. Toby actually grew up a few blocks from where my grandmother lived in the Southgate neighborhood of Moore. He never forgot his hometown. After every tornado or local disaster, he was always there to help with a concert and generous donations to local charities. His name is on a local water tower for a reason. Toby Keith loved Moore, Oklahoma—and its citizens loved him right back. He’ll be sorely missed, but his words will live on through every song played. I know those ballads will be loud at home. Please join me in lifting the Keith family in prayer.”

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