Kevin Sharp, who became a country music star in the 1990s while battling cancer, died Saturday. The crooner, best known for his No. 1 hit "Nobody Knows," was 43.
It wasn't cancer that claimed his life, however. According to Sharp's official website, he died of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.
The musician, raised in Redding, Calif., was diagnosed as a young man with Ewing sarcoma. It is a disease the National Cancer Institute defines as a type of cancer that forms in bone or soft tissue. It is also called peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor and pPNET.
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.
His debut 1996 album Measure of a Man went gold on the strength of "Nobody Knows." Other albums followed and Sharp became a motivational speaker, heavily involved in Make-a-Wish.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Sharp's memory is encouraged to do so through his or her local Make-a-Wish chapter. A memorial is being planned for Nashville.