’90s country star Hal Ketchum passed away, Monday, due to complications from Alzheimer’s / Dementia. He was 67.
Hal Ketchum passed away on Monday due to complications from dementia. He was 67. Andrea Ketchum shared the news about her husband, on Facebook: “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.”
It was back in April, that Mrs. Ketchum announced that he had Alzheimer’s, and was retiring.
Hal had 11 Top 30 hits in the ’90s, including “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue,” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll.” He released 11 albums, and was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1994.
His career slowed down in the late ’90s as he suffered through a series of health issues. He was diagnosed with the spinal condition acute transverse myelitis, which caused temporary paralysis of his left side and he had to relearn how to play guitar.
Prior to his music career, Ketchum had been a carpenter, a painter, and a furniture builder.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Hal’s family, friends, and fans, from all of us here, at the home of Today’s Country & the Legends, like Hal. WCCQ is here for you.
His last album was “I’m The Troubadour,” which came out in 2014.
(Here’s one of his biggest hits, “Small Town Saturday Night“.)
(Rolling Stone, Tennessean)