Country music singer Kevin Sharp has died from ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, according to his official website.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST,” a message on the website said.
Sharp was a blood cancer survivor, and died at his home in Redding, Calif.
Born in Redding in 1970, Sharp began performing at a young age, but was diagnosed with blood cancer in 1989 as a teenager.
He reached stardom in the 1990s with a string of hits including a cover of Tony Rich’s “Nobody Knows,” which reached No. 1 in 1996.
Sharp went on to launch a successful music career, and became an advocate for children with chronic diseases. He also wrote an inspirational book about his experience, and toured the U.S. as a motivational speaker.
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A memorial service celebrating his life will take place in Nashville, Sharp’s website said. However, the details had not yet been finalized.
A message on the website requested that anyone who would like to make a donation in Kevin’s memory do so to the closet chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation.
Watch the music video for “Nobody Knows” below: