Kevin Sharp, a country singer that became an advocate for children suffering from chronic illnesses, passed away at the age of 43.
Sharp died of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, losing his brave battle on Saturday.
Sharp was a high school football and basketball player, but was forced to sit out during his senior year after suffering pain in his left leg. He later was diagnosed with bone cancer.
He began experimental chemo and radiation treatments after graduation.
Sharp previously stated, “Four months into this new treatment, a woman I’d never seen before came to my bedside in the hospital. ‘I’m from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We’d like to fulfill a wish of yours. Going somewhere you’ve never gone. Doing something you’ve never done. Or meeting someone special….. You give me the name and we’ll do everything possible to make it happen.'”
Kevin knew that the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, thinking the woman probably thought he was near the end.
He gave her the name of David Foster, the music producer of his favorite band Chicago. Before he knew it, he was in a recording session and chatting with Foster.
Just months later, doctors told the singer his cancer was in remission. He stated, “If there is one thing that might be more shocking than hearing a death sentence, it’s hearing that death sentence lifted. Finding your way back into life after being taken out of it for so long is harder than you might imagine.”
Sharp began writing songs and recording them, and Foster helped him land a recording contract with Asylum Records.
He released his hit song “Nobody Knows” in 1995, which topped the Billboard country charts for a month. His next songs “She’s Sure Taking It Well”, “If You Love Somebody”, and “Measure of a Man” were all top five hits. He was nominated for best new male vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.
Sharp shared his life story in a book called “Tragedy’s Gift” and began speaking engagements and cancer patients. He titled his 2005 album “Make A Wish”.
Kevin Sharp’s health declined in 2011, enduring several surgeries for leg infections.
In 2012, he stated, “My life is performing and speaking, so not only does it keep a roof over my head, it keeps me going emotionally. If I didn’t believe what I try to express and tell others, I wouldn’t be here. Luckily, I believe in what I preach.”
A Nashville memorial service is being planned, but no details have yet been announced.
R.I.P. Kevin Sharp!
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