Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at Age 43

2012 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival - Day 3

Kevin Sharp, a country singer who recorded several chart-topping singles and survivor of a well-documented battle with cancer, has died at the age of 43. His sister, Mary Huston, said Sharp died at his mother’s house at 10:49 PM on Saturday night. The cause of death is still unknown, but Huston indicated that the main reason could be due to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Sharp’s career took off in 1996 when he released the hit single “Nobody Knows”, which was the top song on his debut album “Measure of a Man”. He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make a Wish” in 2005.

Sharp was born in Redding, California in 1970. He was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer in high school. He endured two years of chemotherapy and radiation and was declared cancer free. The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave Sharp an opportunity to meet Grammy-Award winning music producer David Foster, who gave him tips on how to jump-start his career.

After Sharp’s success he became a spokesperson for The Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, he was struggling the past several years from past stomach surgeries and residual issues from his aggressive stomach cancer treatment. Sharp is survived by his five brothers, two sisters and his mother.

RIP Kevin Sharp – a truly wonderful spirit is gone.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach

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