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Country singer Kevin Sharp dies at 43

Peter Cooper, The Tennessean • Apr 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Singer Kevin Sharp, a country music hit-maker who became an unwearying advocate for children with chronic diseases, died Saturday, April 19 at age 43.

According to the artist's website, Mr. Sharp died of complications from "ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues."

Born in Redding, California, Mr. Sharp grew up obsessed with sports and music. A high school football and basketball player, he sat out his senior seasons in both sports due to pain in his left leg. The cause of that pain turned out to be bone cancer, and after graduation he began experimental, debilitating chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

"Four months into this new treatment, a woman I'd never seen before came to my bedside in the hospital," Mr. Sharp wrote, in a 2006 story for "Guideposts" magazine. "'I'm from the Make-A-Wish Foundation,' she said. 'We'd like to fulfill a wish of yours. Going somewhere you've never gone. Doing something you've never done. Or meeting someone special..... You give me the name and we'll do everything possible to make it happen.'"

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