Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43
I remember when Kevin Sharp played at the Mayo Civic Center, with Terri Clark and Clay Walker. We chatted backstage and had a great time. It’s too bad cancer claimed another life….-Alan
Kevin Sharp, who scored a No. 1 hit in 1996 with “Nobody Knows,” died Saturday night (April 19) at age 43 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
“Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.”
“Nobody Knows” spent four weeks atop the Billboard country chart. It was a cover of the Tony Rich Project’s pop hit.
Prior to become a country star in the mid-90s, Sharp battled and overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. The Redding, Calif. native was granted a wish from Make-a-Wish, which he used to meet producer David Foster.
Later he realized they only grant Make-a-Wish wishes to people they think may die. Months after meeting Foster however he was told he’d beaten the cancer. The story was chronicled in his book ‘Tragedy’s Gift,’ released in 2004.
Throughout his career, Sharp continued to work closely with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and became one of its leading spokespersons. More recently, Sharp was a motivational speaker, touring throughout the U.S. to tell others of the struggles he overcame to succeed in the music business.
In lieu of flowers, Sharp’s family requests that memorial donations be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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