For the most part, the year 2020 has only taken from the world. Or maybe because of the COVID pandemic people have finally started paying attention to the little things.
Even though death is a part of life, it certainly is heartbreaking to see any legendary artist die in these tiring times, for their works are helping us survive this unchartered way of life of a pandemic.
The world of music lost yet another gem on Monday night when legendary country singer Hal Ketchum passed away. Ketchum who was 67 years old died night due to complications from dementia. His wife had previously detailed the singer’s diagnosis through a social media post in April 2019.
Hal Ketchum was one the top country hitmaker of the 1990s and a member of Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry. Ketchum’s debut album ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ (1991) went on to produce four-country Top 20 singles including the Number Two-charting classic “Small Town Saturday Night”.
Hal Ketchum’s Net Worth was between $10 Million to $15 Million
Ever since his diagnosis, the country music star laid low. Though an exact figure of his net worth is not available. Based on findings by different sources, Hal Ketchum’s net worth can be estimated to be somewhere in the range of $10 Million to $15 Million.
Hal Ketchum’s debut album went on to sell over 500,000 copies making it Gold Certified. Over the course of his career, Ketchum went on to produce 10 more albums, selling a total of over 5 million copies of his album.
Cause of Hal Ketchum’s death
When Ketchum was at the peak of his career during the late 90s, he was troubled with several health issues. The country singer struggled with alcohol and drug dependency for years, though he later cleaned his act.
The heart troubles did not end there. He was diagnosed with the spinal condition ‘acute transverse myelitis’ which resulted in temporary paralysis of his left side. Ketchum, whose passion for music was so strong that he started learning the drums as a teenager and joined up with local bands, now after his diagnosis had to force himself to relearn how to play guitar.
Ketchum used to perform up until 2018 when the singer was forced to retire due to dementia. But at last, Ketchum succumbed to his dementia complications. The same was confirmed by Ketchum’s wife Andrea through a Facebook post. The post read,
“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.”