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Kevin Sharp, 43, country singer who inspired with cancer battle

[WKD KEVIN SHARPJ]ADV.FOR WKD. EDITIONS NOV. 1-3--Country musician KevSharp poses during an interview Nashville Sept. 25 1996. Sharp's bald head

[WKD KEVIN SHARPJ]ADV.FOR WKD. EDITIONS NOV. 1-3--Country musician Kevin Sharp poses during an interview in Nashville, Sept. 25, 1996. Sharp's bald head and limp serve as reminders of the cancer he fought before it went into remission in 1991. He wants people to recognize him for his music, however. 'That's my goal -- for people to like my music for what it is,' he said. 'I really, really want people to say, 'I love Kevin Sharp's music, and isn't it interesting that (he had cancer).' (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Updated: May 22, 2014 6:36AM

FAIR OAKS, Calif. — 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 says Mr. Sharp died in Fair Oaks, Calif., at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of 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, which he overcame after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

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


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