Country singer Keith Sharp has died, according to a statement in his official website. He was 43.
Sharp died from complications stemming from his cancer diagnosis as a teen, his mother told CNN. "He had a good, strong heart," she said. "He's not hurting anymore." The statement on his website says, "Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues."
Sharp made his country debut in 1997 with a cover of Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows." The single topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks. His debut album, Measure of a Man, also produced several Top 5 singles including "If You Love Somebody" and "She's Sure Taking It Well."
The California-born singer later became very active in the Make-a-Wish Foundation and also wrote a book about his own cancer experience. He occasionally toured as a motivational speaker.
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville, Tennessee.