Country music star Kevin Sharp has died after a long battle with cancer aged just 43.
The singer, from California, had a number one single with "Nobody Knows" from his 1996 debut album Measure of a Man.
His death was announced on his website by his sister Mary Huston, who said he died at his mother's Fair Oaks, Calif., home, at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.
"He had a strong heart, that's what kept him alive, (but) I'm so happy for him, that there's no more suffering," Huston said.
Diagnosed as a young man with the bone cancer Ewing's sarcoma, Sharp battled for his life while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants requests to terminally ill children and teens, learned he was an aspiring musician and arranged a meeting with famed music producer David Foster, which led to a record deal.
Kevin Sharp and his wife Traci in 1999
Sharp also became a motivational speaker, a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and wrote "Tragedy's Gift," a 2004 book about fighting cancer.
"I feel like I'm here for a purpose," he told People Magazine in 1996. "I've learned to love unconditionally, to appreciate life."
"His dream came true through music, and he touched thousands of lives, and he helped heal the soul of people dealing with cancer," Huston said.
Sharp is survived by five brothers, two sisters and his mother.
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