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KEVIN SHARP, 1970-2014
After surviving a battle with cancer in his late teens and building a base of loyal fans who admired his courage as well as his music, Country singer Kevin Sharp succumbed on Saturday, April 19, to ongoing complications from cancer treatment from stomach surgeries and digestive issues, as reported on www.KevinSharp.com.
Born in Weiser, Idaho, Sharp grew up on a farm and worked at a local diner. When his family moved to Sacramento during his sophomore year in high school, he excelled in sports but began experiencing fatigue and pain that was eventually diagnosed as Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, which spread soon to his lungs. Despite long odds, Sharp survived two years of chemotherapy, experimental drugs and radiation, with support from producer/performer David Foster, who Sharp met through Make-A-Wish.
After an apparent remission in 1991, Sharp broke into the music business. In addition to being mentioned for several industry honors, including a nomination for a CMA SRO New Artist of the Year Award in 1997, he released several albums (Measure Of A Man in 1996, Love Is in 1998 and Make A Wish in 2005). Equally important, he became a national spokesperson for Make-A-Wish, who recognized his contributions to the organization and its children by naming him Wishgranter of the Year. He also authored an inspirational book, Tragedy’s Gift.
Sharp, 43, died at his mother’s home in Fair Oaks, Calif.
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