Carl 'Chuck' Goff, Jr., Toby Keith's bass player for the past 25 years, passed away after a car crash in Oklahoma on Feb. 27. He was 54 years old.
"We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff," Keith said in a statement on his website. "He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family."
Goff is credited for writing two of Keith's hits, "You Ain't Much Fun" and "Upstairs Downtown." He created a signature bass through Dean Guitars.
In 2010, Keith told The Boot that Goff was one of the funniest guys he knew.
"You can call him any time and get a laugh," he said. "He ought to have his own radio show. He's funny!"
Contact Music reports that police are still investigating the two-car collision.