Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer dies aged 67 after battle with dementia 'Great sadness'

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Country singer Hal Ketchum, who is best known for his critically acclaimed album Past The Point of Rescue, died at home aged 67. His wife Andrea opened up on her devastation in a heartbreaking post on Facebook.

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She penned: “It’s 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.”

In 1988 Hal was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis – an ailment that affects the spinal cord.

His condition forced the singer to have to relearn basic tasks including learning to walk and playing the guitar.

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Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer dies aged 67 after battle with dementia 'Great sadness'

Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer dies age 67 after battled with dementia (Image: GETTY)

Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer dies aged 67 after battle with dementia 'Great sadness'

Hal Ketchum dead: The singer also suffered a spinal condition in 1988 (Image: GETTY)

Despite his diagnosis, Hal continued to record music and his songs would often reach the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

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Celebrity pals and fans alike have flocked to social media and offered their condolences.

Singer Leanne Rimes wrote: “So sad to hear that Hal Ketchum has gone to live amongst the angels. We will miss you down here, Hal! He was such a talent and a dear soul. #riphalketchum.”

Joe Bonsall tweeted: “Rest Easy brother Hal Ketchum…”

Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer dies aged 67 after battle with dementia 'Great sadness'

Hal Ketchum dead: Celebrity pals and fans alike have flocked to social media and offered their condo (Image: GETTY)

A fan penned: “RIP Hal Ketchum… our Small Town Saturday Night just got smaller.”

Another person typed: “Hal Ketchum was one of my all-time Austin favourites. Rest in peace.”

“Another legendary songwriter has left this plane. But he has also left us some incredible songs. Thank you, Hal Ketchum,” a third social media user added.

In 2019 his wife announced Hal was suffering from early on-set senile dementia and would no longer be touring.

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Hal Ketchum dead: Country singer dies aged 67 after battle with dementia 'Great sadness'

Hal Ketchum dead: The singer appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Image: GETTY)

She explained: “Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones.

The family organised a benefit concert in January 2020 to help with medical bills and raised over $ 20,000.

“Hal has sung his last tune for us on this earthly plane of existence,” read the descripton.

“He can no longer tour or make records to support his family.”

They finished: “Now it’s time for us to step up and help with the almost insurmountable medical bills and living expenses that are piling up.”

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Hal retired from the music business in 2019 following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

He has released eleven studio albums beginning in 1986.

Hal also dabbled in acting, appearing in the 1988 film Heartbreak Hotel, and made a cameo appearance as a bank robber in the 1994 film Maverick.


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