Country star Kevin Sharp has passed away at the age of 43.
Sharp was best known for his three studio albums, 1996’s Measure Of A Man, 1998’s Love and 2005’s Make A Wish, as well as his oft-publicized battles with bad health.
Sharp was diagnosed with bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma in the later years of high school and eventually beat the disease after intense chemotherapy and radiation treatment. His career was kickstarted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when they enabled him to meet music producer David Foster. Despite beating the disease, Sharp never quite overcame the long term effects of his treatment regimen, which were the cause of his death at his mother’s home in California on Saturday.
Speaking about Sharp, sister Mary Huston said, “He had a strong heart, that’s what kept him alive, (but) I’m so happy for him, that there’s no more suffering. His dream came true through music, and he touched thousands of lives, and he helped heal the soul of people dealing with cancer.”
After being one of the most successful recipients of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s charitable endeavors, Sharp went on to become a spokesperson and advocate of the organization, later writing a book entitled Tragedy’s Gift about his struggles with cancer.
Naturally, because we live in the digital age, numerous fans of the singer took to Twitter to express their condolences.
Guy Gilchrist lead the Twitter tributes, saying the following:
— Guy Gilchrist (@GuyGilchrist) April 21, 2014
Amy Paige‘s thoughts are with Sharp’s family:
— Amy Paige (@OnAirAsAmy) April 21, 2014
Lynne Russell made reference to Sharp’s hit “Nobody Knows”:
So sad 2hear about the passing of #KevinSharp. I remember when Nobody Knows debuted in the 90’s. Thru his struggles, he persevered w/class.
— *Lynne Russell News* (@lynnerussnews1) April 21, 2014
Reba McEntire sends support to his family:
Prayers go out to Kevin Sharp’s family. RIP Kevin. http://t.co/InNbCqvikk
— Reba McEntire (@reba) April 21, 2014
Fellow musician Paul Brandt:
Condolences to Kevin Sharp’s family. Many memories of playing festivals together. Wonderful guy, helped many, and will be greatly missed. — paulbrandt (@paulbrandt) April 21, 2014
Kevin Sharp leaves behind five brothers, two sisters and his mother. Cards can be sent to the family with the following details: Kevin Sharp, c/o Sue Valdkamp, P.O. Box 54646, Cincinnati, Ohio 45254 and fans can make donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation via the singer’s official website homepage. And Billy Dean:
My fellow country artist Kevin Sharp Passed away last night and went to spend Easter with Jesus. My prayers to the family.
— Billy Dean (@billydean) April 20, 2014
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