Country singer Kevin Sharp has died, according to a statement on his official website. He was 43.
"Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues," the statement read. Sharp's mother told CNN that the complications stemmed from cancer treatment Sharp underwent when he was a teenager. "He had a good, strong heart," she said. "He's not hurting anymore."
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Sharp made his country debut in 1997 with a cover of Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows." The single topped the Billboard
country charts for four weeks. His debut album, Measure of a Man
, also produced several Top 5 singles including "If You Love Somebody" and "She's Sure Taking It Well."
The California-born singer later became very active in the Make-a-Wish Foundation and also wrote a book about his own cancer experience. He occasionally toured as a motivational speaker.
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville, Tennessee.