Tim McGraw has paid tribute to the late Toby Keith.
In an Instagram post shared after Keith passed away on Monday at age 62, the actor and fellow country singer, 56, posted a photo to pay tribute to the man he called his “brother.” I posted it on Instagram during the merry-go-round.
The merry-go-round featured the cover art for both debut albums, released on the same day in 1993, as well as a black-and-white image of Keith staring off into the distance, wearing a cowboy hat that obscured his face.
“Our self-titled debut was released on the same day, April 20, 1993…Toby and I spent a significant amount of time together early in our careers,” McGraw wrote, adding that they stated that they spent a lot of time discussing their goals for the film, both in life and career.
“He was a maverick. He did things his way and on his terms. A true artist,” McGraw said of the “My List” singer. “I have and continue to have tremendous respect for his artistry, dedication, and fearlessness in carrying out his work.”
“We will all miss you, brother,” McGraw said in his eulogy.
Keith was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2021 and passed away on Monday. His death was announced through a post on his social media accounts.
The statement read in part: “Toby Keith passed away peacefully last night, February 5th, surrounded by his family.” “He fought with grace and courage.”
His longtime friend and agent, Elaine Schock, shared an exclusive statement with PEOPLE on Tuesday following his death.
“I loved Toby Keith,” she said. “He was brilliant, fun to be around, and we had good discussions. Plus, he could write and sing his own songs.”
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She also said her clients often felt “misunderstood.”
“Toby was kind. I think he was misunderstood because he was portrayed a certain way, but it was the wrong portrait. He was so much more than that. Without a doubt he was the bravest man I know.” He was one of those guys,” Schock added.