Fans of 90s country music legend, Hal Ketchum, are reeling after his wife made the announcement on his Facebook page that the singer-songwriter has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In the post, Andrea goes into some detail. She explains, “He has been battling this for some time now, but 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. We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you!”
She continued, “Also, a heartfelt thank you to all the incredible musicians that have joined him on this journey, with more than special love to Kenny Grimes, without whom, this last year of shows would not have been possible. Please know that I do read all of your comments to Hal and that we will continue to check in from time to time.”
Hal, a native of Greenwich, New York who transplanted to Austin in the early 1980s, rose to popularity in the early 1990s with hits like “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue,” “Sure Love,” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll.”
In 2010, the legendary Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but, like Hal, continued to play music and tour until the disease became too difficult to manage.