Platinum country recording artist Kevin Sharp has passed away at the age of 43.
The singer, who was publicly known for having Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of blood cancer before he began his recording career in the 1990’s, died Saturday, April 19th, “due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues,” his website states.
As a senior in high school, Sharp excelled in sports when he began experiencing fatigue and unexplained pain which was later diagnosed as a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to his lungs. He began working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation when he was honored his wish of meeting producer/performer David Foster. Sharp and Foster sustained an ongoing friendship through two years of chemotherapy, experimental drugs and radiation treatment that gave Sharp the opportunity to cut a demo, ultimately leading him to sign a deal with Asylum Records in the mid 90’s.
Sharp went into remission in 1991 and released his first album, Measure Of A Man, in 1996 which included a country version of the Tony Rich Project’s, “Nobody Knows,” that spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. His other Top 10 hits include “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and “If You Love Somebody.”
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. Fans who would like to make a donation in Sharp’s memory, can do so to the closest Make A Wish Chapter in the donor’s area so that wishes can continue to be granted for other children.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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