Kevin Sharp, whose first three singles all reached the Top Five, passed away at 43, suffering complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. A native of Redding, California, Sharp was a high-school athlete until his senior year, when pain in his left leg was revealed to be bone cancer. As the recipient of a unique gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sharp soon found himself in the studio of producer David Foster, who helped him secure a record deal with Nashville's Asylum label. His cover of the Tony Rich Project's "Nobody Knows" topped the country chart for four weeks, earning Sharp a nomination for ACM Top New Male Vocalist. While continuing to advocate for children's health issues, Sharp underwent emergency surgeries in 1998 and 2008, and in 2011 underwent several surgeries for leg infections. In 2004, he penned his life story, Tragedy's Gift.