Kevin Sharp Dies: Country Music Star Was 43

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Country singer Kevin Sharp has died at the age of 43. The singer was best known for his debut album Measure of a Man.

According to Sharp's official website the singer died on Saturday April 19 at 10 pm PST. Sharp died from complications related to stomach surgeries and digestive issues he had dealt with in the past. The singer had survived a rare form of bone cancer during his teen years.

Sharp's death is being mourned via social media, with even a few country music stars commenting on his passing and wishing his family well:

A memorial service commemorating Sharp's life is being planned and details will be made available through his website. The service will take place in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sharp's family is requesting that any donations made in the singer's memory be given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. According to Sharp's autobiography Tragedy's Gift: Sharp was introduced to music producer David Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation during his teen years. Foster eventually become a key figure in the rise of Sharp's music career and Sharp went on to become a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

In 1997 Sharp's country cover of R&B classic "Nobody Knows" became a hit, landing at the number one spot on Billboard's country music charts. Other singles from Sharp's Measure of a Man became country music hits in 1997, including "If You Love Somebody, and "She's Sure Taking it Well."

Following his breakthrough album Sharp continued to tour and perform music throughout the U.S. He also toured the country as a motivational speaker.

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