Hal Ketchum has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The ‘90s country star has been battling the disease for a while now, according to a Facebook post by his wife, Andrea.
On Sunday (April 14), Andrea explained that the lack of tour dates on her husband’s itinerary is because of his ongoing health battle. “Unfortunately, Hal is suffering from Alzheimer's/ Dementia,” she shared on Facebook. “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.”
She added that her husband is “otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends” and that her family appreciates “how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you!”
“Please know that I do read all of your comments to Hal and that we will continue to check in from time to time. Lots of love and appreciation to you all from Hal and the entire Ketchum family,” she concluded.
Ketchum began his music career in Austin, Texas, before relocating to Nashville. He’d later sign with Curb Records and in 1991 released his debut album, Past the Point of Rescue. His debut single “Small Town Saturday Night” and the album’s title track both charted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart in the early '90s. He’d later see success with subsequent singles "Sure Love," "I Know Where Love Lies" and "Five O' Clock World," all of which became top 20 hits for the singer.
In 2016, Old Dominion paid tribute to Ketchum in their single "Song For Another Time." The track namedrops Ketchum's debut single "Small Town Saturday Night" throughout its chorus, as well as songs by Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, George Strait, Tom Petty, and others.