Country singer Hal Ketchum has died at the age of 67.
The musician, who shot to fame in the 90s with critically acclaimed album Past The Point of Rescue, is said to have passed away at home following a battle with dementia.
His wife Andrea shared the news on his Facebook page, writing: “With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia.
“May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace. Andrea.”
Originally from New York, the country legend released 11 studio albums throughout his decade spanning career.
Between 1991 and 2006 Hald had 17 entries in the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three that went straight in at the number two spot.
He sold five million records worldwide.
In 1998, the country star was diagnosed with neurological disorder acute transverse myelitis, which forced him to re-learn simple tasks such as how to walk and play the guitar all over again.
However, despite the grim diagnosis, Hal bravely continued to make music and was even able to release another album and go on tour.
In April 2019, Hal’s wife revealed that the musician had been diagnosed with early onset senile dementia.
As a result, Hal stepped away from any more touring commitments to remain at home with his family.
“Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones,” his wife Andrea said at the time.
At the start of 2020, a number of musicians came together to host a fundraiser to help with Hal’s medical fees.
During the sold-out event, fans also caught a glimpse of Hal on video as he performed with Kenny Grimes. However, the star was unable to attend the event because of his Alzheimer’s.
Tributes have poured in for the late musician as his fans remembered the legacy of the country artist.
One fan wrote: “another music legend gone #RIP Hal Ketchum.”
“You were there for us small town folks, we knew you knew,” wrote another Twitter user.
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