"Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach
surgeries and digestive issues," said a statement posted Sunday
Sharp, a California native, recorded several hit singles in
mid-1990s, including his version of the song "Nobody Knows,"
which held the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Single &
Track for four weeks.
His debut solo album, "Measure of a Man," was released in
November 1996 and hit the top-20 country charts, according to
AllMusic.com. A second album, "Love Is," followed in 1998.
Sharp was diagnosed in high school with a rare form of bone
cancer that had spread to his lungs, according to his website,
and he became involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a
non-profit that seeks to provide wish-fulfillment experiences to
children with life-threatening illnesses.
Sharp's cancer went into remission in 1991, and he launched his
musical career while staying active in Make-A-Wish, becoming a
national spokesman for the organization, according to his
website. He also became a motivational speaker.
A memorial service for Sharp was being planned in Nashville, the
website statement said.
(Reporting by Tim Ghianni in Nashville, Tenn., and Kevin Murphy
in Kansas City, Mo.; editing by Steve Gorman and Eric Walsh)
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