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)

Latest Stories

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

Panel Rejects Adoptions By Unmarried Gay Partners

Hanger Emmett 111609

A State Senate panel has rejected a bill allowing adoption by the partners of unmarried gay parents.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

Shucet Applauds Bids For 29 Improvement Projects

D

Philip Shucet has praised the bids VDOT received for the 29 North improvement projects.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Fire Destroys 19th-Century Albemarle Home

Updated
Alb Co Fire Rescue

A fire guts a 19th-century house in the northeast corner of Albemarle County.

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

In this film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox, the character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, left, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington are shown in a scene from, "Avatar." The film was nominated Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 for an Oscar for best picture. The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on March 7.

A look back on some of Hollywood's most notable headlines.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

Judge Hands Claire Ogilvie Four Year Prison Term

Ogilvie Claire L 022514 (sent to us)

A judge has sentenced Claire Ogilvie to four years in prison for a 2014 incident at the home of a local lawmaker.