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Kevin Sharp, country music singer who fought cancer and wrote ‘Nobody Knows’

Kevin Sharp (AP)

Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died April 19 at his mother’s home in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 43.

His sister Mary Huston announced the death and said the cause was complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Mr. Sharp gained fame with the release of “Nobody Knows,” a single on his 1996 debut album, “Measure of a Man.” He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make A Wish” in 2005.

Born in 1970 in Redding, Calif., Mr. Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a high school senior. He overcame it after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Mr. Sharp’s wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who gave him tips to help jump-start his career.

Mr. Sharp also became a motivational speaker and a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also wrote “Tragedy’s Gift,” a 2004 book about fighting cancer.

For the past several years, Mr. Sharp had struggled from stomach surgery and residual issues from his aggressive cancer treatment.

Besides his mother and sister, survivors include five brothers and another sister.

— Associated Press

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