Hal Ketchum, country music star and member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died aged 67 following complications from dementia.
The singer’s wife Andrea confirmed the news on Facebook, 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.’
Ketchum’s wife had previously confirmed the news of his illness in April, telling his followers: ‘Because of his love for his fans, he continued performing as long as it was possible.
‘Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness, and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones.
‘Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.’
Ketchum, whose career began in the 1980s, had retired from music in 2019 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
He released eleven studio albums throughout his career, being most known for 1991’s Past the Point of Rescue.
He also had seventeen entries on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart between 1991 and 2006, with three reaching the number two position.
He was inducted as a member of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in 1994, before being diagnosed with the spinal condition acute transverse myelitis in 1998 which caused temporary paralysis of his left side, meaning he had to relearn how to play guitar.
Ketchum also dabbled in acting, appearing in 1988 movie Heartbreak Hotel as well as making a cameo appearance as a bank robber in the film Maverick in 1994.
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