Country singer Kevin Sharp, who overcame a well-publicized battle with cancer and went on to record a number of hits, has died. He was 43.

The Associated Press reported Sharp's sister Mary Huston said he died at his mother's Fair Oaks 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," said Huston, who cared for her brother since his return home to Northern California last Friday after 10 weeks in the hospital.

Sharp made a splash in 1996 in the country scene with "Nobody Knows," a single on his debut album, "Measure of a Man." He released two other albums, "Love Is" in 1998 and "Make a Wish" in 2005.

Sharp was born in Redding in 1970. While in high school, he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He overcame it after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helped plant the seeds of Sharp's career by granting his wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who gave him career tips. Sharp later became a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and wrote "Tragedy's Gift," a 2004 book about fighting cancer.

Sharp struggled from past stomach surgery and residual issues from his aggressive cancer treatment the past several years, the Associated Press reported.

"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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