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Toby Keith's Bassist Killed in Oklahoma Car Crash

Chuck Goff Screengrab - H 2013
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Carl "Chuck" Goff Jr. has played with the country star since his 1993 debut album.

Carl "Chuck" Goff Jr., the bassist and longtime friend of country superstar Toby Keith, died Wednesday night in a two-car crash in Oklahoma, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 54.

Goff was killed in rural Cleveland County, about 35 miles south of Oklahoma City. A spokesman for the Cleveland County sheriff said the musician died at around 7:45 p.m. and that the driver of the second vehicle was not seriously injured. The crash remains under investigation.

In a statement, Keith said that he is "deeply saddened" by Goff's death.

The bassist had played with Keith since the country singer released his self-titled debut album in 1993. Goff also co-wrote "You Ain't Much Fun" and "Upstairs Downtown," two hits off Keith's 1994 album, Boomtown. He played on all 16 of Keith's albums

"He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player," Keith said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family."