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Who was Toby Keith married to? All about his Tricia Lucus and children

Toby Keith, a hit country crafter of pro-American anthems who both riled up critics and was loved by millions of fans, has died at age 62.

Keith died on February 5, according to a statement on X. The cause of death was stomach cancer, which he had battled since fall of 2021.

“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time,” the statement read. His real name was Toby Keith Covel.

As country fans continue to process the news that Toby Keith, one of the genre’s biggest stars of the 21st century, has died, many also want to learn more about his family life.

Keep reading to learn more about Toby Keith’s wife and children.

Who was Toby Keith married to?

Toby Keith wife

Toby Keith was married to Tricia Lucus, whom he met in 1981 at an Oklahoma nightclub.

After graduating from high school in 1979, Keith took a job as an oil field worker, just like his father, doing “typical roughneck stuff” and making $50,000 per year.

Keith also played and sang at local bars with his band called the Easy Money Band, which performed Alabama-style country-rock when he wasn’t working. It was during this time that he met Lucus, who was working as an oil company secretary at the time.

The couple dated for three years before they decided to get married in 1984.

Keith celebrated the couple’s 39th wedding anniversary on Instagram in 2023, sharing an old photo of the couple to commemorate the special day.

Who is Toby Keith’s wife Tricia Lucus?

Toby Keith and Tricia Lucus
Toby Keith and Tricia Lucus attend the Warner Bros. Pictures world premiere of “The Mule” on December 10, 2018 in Westwood, California. PHOTO: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Tricia Lucus is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.

She is best known as the wife of the late Toby Keith, an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

While speaking in an interview that aired just weeks before Keith’s family confirmed that he had “passed peacefully” on Monday night. he praised his wife Lucus, 61, for how she’d handled the cancer diagnosis.

“She’s been a trouper. She’s the best nurse,” the “Red Solo Cup” hitmaker told News 9’s Robin Marsh in a one-on-one interview. “The first time we went to Houston, to the hospital, she stepped right in and she just took control and said, ‘We got this. Let’s go.'”

Keith added: “So she’s like, ‘We’re going to get this and don’t worry about it.'”

He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2021, before he revealed the news in June 2022.

At the time, the country icon said he’d already received six months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

About Tricia Lucus and Toby Keith children

Toby Keith children
Toby Keith and his wife Tricia shared three children togetherCredit: Instagram/@tobykeith

Lucus is a mom to three children. She had her first daughter, Shelley Covel Rowland in 1980, before meeting Keith.

After they married, Keith adopted Shelley, and the couple went on to have two more children: daughter Krystal in 1985 and son Stelen in 1997.

Krystal is a musician and recording artist, just like her dad. She is married to her husband, Drew, and they have two daughters together: Kirby and Hensley.

Stelen, meanwhile, is an entrepreneur, involved with numerous businesses, including, Sellout Crowd, 405 Burger Bar, Tequila Chulos and Hollywood Corners.

He is married to his wife Haley, a travel advisor, and they have a Siberian Husky named Dodger.

The family supported Keith as he received the BMI Icon Award in November 2022, with Stelen sharing a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram of them celebrating together.

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