News

Country singer, cancer survivor Kevin Sharp dies at 43

Country singer, cancer survivor Kevin Sharp dies at 43

KEVIN SHARP: The country singer died on Saturday at the age of 43. Photo: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Kevin Sharp, who survived cancer as a teenager and went on to become a successful country music singer in the 1990s, died late Saturday, according to his website. He was 43.

“Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues,” said a statement posted Sunday on kevinsharp.com.

Sharp, a California native, recorded several hit singles in mid-1990s, including his version of the song “Nobody Knows,” which held the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Single & Track for four weeks.

PHOTOS: 2014 Notable Deaths

His debut solo album, “Measure of a Man,” was released in November 1996 and hit the top-20 country charts, according to AllMusic.com. A second album, “Love Is,” followed in 1998.

Sharp was diagnosed in high school with a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to his lungs, according to his website, and he became involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to provide wish-fulfillment experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Sharp’s cancer went into remission in 1991, and he launched his musical career while staying active in Make-A-Wish, becoming a national spokesman for the organization, according to his website. He also became a motivational speaker.

A memorial service for Sharp was being planned in Nashville, the website statement said.

(Reporting by Tim Ghianni in Nashville, Tenn., and Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Mo.; Editing by Steve Gorman and Eric Walsh)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment, Lifestyle

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 26 freebies to help you celebrate

birthday

On your birthday you can have your (free) cake and eat it too!

in Music

This week’s top country tracks

jasonaldean

LISTEN: This week's top country tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Chris Farley in ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

13-overlay19

This mashup is both hilarious and impressive.

in Entertainment

Facebook has an heiress

facebook

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child.

in Entertainment

TV: What’s new on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu

netflix

August is shaping up to be a good month for streaming some hit movies and the TV series you've been meaning to check out.