Tragic news for music fans in Fresno this Easter weekend as country singer Kevin Sharp, best known for his hit "Nobody Knows," died Saturday evening at the age of 43.
As reported by such sources as E! Online, The music artist passed away due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, according to his website, years after battling and defeating the rare bone cancer Ewing's sarcoma when he was still a teenager.
His battle with cancer led him to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which arranged a meeting for him with music producer David Foster when, according to People, the organization learned Sharp was an aspiring musician, a meeting that later led to a record deal.
E! Online writes that, according to USA Today, Sharp wrote in a 2006 story for Guidepost magazine, "Four months into this new treatment, a woman I'd never seen before came to my bedside in the hospital. '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.'"
In the months after he met Foster, Sharp found out he had beaten cancer. He wrote, "If there is one thing that might be more shocking than hearing a death sentence, it's hearing that death sentence lifted. Finding your way back into life after being taken out of it for so long is harder than you might imagine."
Sharp's 1996 album, Measure of a Man, went gold. After which, Sharp went on to become a motivational speaker and still supported the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Even though Sharp's health worsened in 2011, he still traveled around spreading a message of hope. As he told Phyllis Stark of Country Weekly magazine in a 2012 interview, "My life is performing and speaking, so not only does it keep a roof over my head, it keeps me going emotionally. If I didn't believe what I try to express and tell others, I wouldn't be here. Luckily, I believe in what I preach."
In honor of his memory, Sharp's website is asking that donations be made to local Make-A-Wish chapters.
Kevin Sharp will be deeply missed by his family, friends and fans.