Legendary country music artist, Hal Ketchum, died at the age of 67 after a battle with dementia

Legendary country music artist, Hal Ketchum, died at the age of 67 after a battle with dementia
Andrea, Ketchum’s wife, said in a post on the late singer’s Facebook page and website, “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hal peacefully last night at his home due to complications from dementia.”

“May his music live in your hearts forever and bring you peace.”

Ketchum, who is best known for country songs such as “Small Town Saturday Night” and “Long Heard Country Boy,” released his debut album in 1988. He will continue to release 10 more albums, according to his website.

“I’ve known Hal Ketchum since 1985, when I first booked it at Gruene Hall,” so Ketchum’s longtime friend and personal manager Tracy Ferguson told CNN. “He played his first formal party in the front room of the old hall for about 25 people. He just had to sing one note for everyone to realize he had something special and it didn’t take long for the country music world to notice him.”

Ketchum has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry – a weekly country music show – since 1994, its website says.

Its website says Ketchum will go on to sell 15 of the top 10 singles and five million albums.

Ferguson said that in 2010 Ketchum moved to Texas where he will continue to play in theaters and venues like The Birchmere and Eddie’s Attic. Ketchum was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and made his last home performance on stage at Gruene Hall, according to Ferguson.

Ferguson said, “One of the things that distinguishes Hal is his constant love for his fans, and he has given as much of himself as possible to them.” “Everyone who knows him or meets him will remember him for his kindness and spirit.”

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