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Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dead at 43

FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.

His sister Mary Huston said Sharp died at his mother's Fair Oaks, Calif., home, at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

"He had a strong heart, that's what kept him alive, (but) I'm so happy for him, that there's no more suffering," Huston said through tears and exhaustion. She had cared for her brother since his return home to Northern California last Friday after 10 weeks in the hospital.

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., 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 Sharp's wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who gave him tips to help jump-start his career.

Sharp also became a motivational speaker, a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and wrote "Tragedy's Gift," a 2004 book about fighting cancer.

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

"His dream came true through music, and he touched thousands of lives, and he helped heal the soul of people dealing with cancer," Huston said.

Sharp is survived by five brothers, two sisters and his mother.

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boyadj45 April 21 2014 at 1:40 PM

RIP

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wewil23 boyadj45 April 21 2014 at 2:05 PM

Double that Amen.

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bann585 April 21 2014 at 4:51 PM

Gino had chemo for cancer. After many trips for chemo and much money, the cancer was deemed less, but Gino died from a heart attack six months later. So I think more of the money for cancer cures should be spent on research, not salaries or advertising. Chemo didn't cure my mother and we haven't come much farther in the search for the cure.

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mikewheels312 bann585 April 21 2014 at 5:01 PM

My mother is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. And I agree with you that more money should be spent on research to find a cure than on salaries and advertising.

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OgunnLLC April 21 2014 at 4:55 PM

I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead—he is just away.”
― James Whitcomb Riley

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Kristine April 21 2014 at 5:13 PM

God Bless you Kevin. Such a good, kind man. Amazing talent.
Heaven has another angel now.

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pmlashomb April 21 2014 at 5:30 PM

The best Country singer , loved his songs . The good ones goes first .

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octfd April 21 2014 at 6:02 PM

Such a young handsome man cut down by that friggin cancer! This disease is a money maker for the doctors and pharmaceutical companies, and it makes me sick why they haven't found a cure yet for this dreaded disease.

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savannahswithgod octfd April 21 2014 at 7:13 PM

You answered yourself there, they are making money. Cure it and where do they make money, we going to pay doc to sit around twiddling thumbs and cancer places sitting around empty. I venture they don't even look for a cure anymore just a better more expensive way to treat it. The cures have probably been found anyway but those are in some mason jars at the bottom of the deepest well on the plantations of those CEO's in the Farmehsuitcal industries. Anybody go looking or come up with a cure they get to join those mason jars.

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gway1958 April 21 2014 at 6:18 PM

RIP my man...sounds like you did a lot of good from a bad situation! Condolences to family and friends.

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barbaleens April 21 2014 at 6:20 PM

You have touched so many lives and brought your courage
and grace into everything you did!! You will live on through
your music and the love of all who cherished you!
R. I. P.

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Mark Howard April 21 2014 at 6:40 PM

My Prayer goes out to the family. May God Bless you.

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My Wonderful Me April 21 2014 at 4:48 PM

While we may stand at the grave of our loved ones with sadness and tears........
They are lifting their hands in praise and love at the thrown of our Lord.
Blessing and prayers to the family.

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