Country's Kevin Sharp, who defied the odds in a well-publicized battle with cancer in the 1990's prior to becoming a hit artist on the Billboard charts, has died at the age of 43.

He passed away Saturday evening (April 19) due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, according to the artist's website

"Nobody Knows" was his biggest hit, hitting #1 on the Billboard Country charts in late 1996.  I met him twice, and couldn't possibly have been more gracious.  He's one of those talents I often ask myself .. "what the heck every happened to ____?"  Sadly, after not hearing anything about him for years, we get word of his passing Saturday night.