Joey Floyd Dies; Toby Keith Band Member Was 47

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Joey Floyd - an actor turned musician who played multiple instruments in Toby Keith's Easy Money Band - has passed away at the age of 47.

Joey Floyd

Floyd had reportedly been battling cancer, according to media reports.

After getting his start in the entertainment industry playing Willie Nelson's son in the 1980 film Honeysuckle Rose, Floyd turned his attention to music.

He became a skilled banjo and fiddle player, and made a career out of it.

In addition to his time in Keith's band, Floyd toured and recorded with several top artists, including his mentor, Nelson.

Nelson was the one who introduced Floyd to Keith in the early '90s, and the two are said to have hit it off creatively and personally from the start.

After losing most of his possessions in the Nashville floods of 2010, Floyd devoted much of his time to helping others whose lives had been devastated by natural disasters.

Keith posted the following statement to his official Facebook page moments ago:

"Our dear friend and band member Joey Floyd passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer."

"There will be a hole on stage and a hole in the hearts of all that loved him. Rest in peace ol' friend."

Floyd is survived by his wife, Laurin Floyd.

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