Throughout your life, you will receive countless pieces of news that will take your breath away, Pieces of news that will make you stop what you are doing and take a moment. Pieces of news that will make you realize that life is so damn short, even if you live a long one.

Toby Keith just got one of those pieces of news.

“Really sad about the death of Coach Massimino,” Toby tweeted out on August 31.

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Sports fans will undoubtedly know the name Rollie Massimino. Known best for leading Villanova to what many called an “improbable” national title in 1985, Coach Massimino won more than 800 college basketball games before succumbing to lung cancer Aug. 30 at the age of 82.

“We just thought if anybody was going to beat cancer and never die, you just thought it was going to be coach Mass,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a recent interview with ESPN. “We watched him really struggle at the end, so it’s nice that he went peacefully and with his family. He was just larger than life.”

Sounds like Toby and Rollie had something in common.

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And while Toby was shaken by the news, the country legend went on with his recent show at the Bash On The Bay country music festival in Ohio, where 12,000 people caught Toby as a headliner. Toby was joined on the bill by fellow country artists such as LOCASH and Waterloo Revival.

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Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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