Hal Ketchum, the 90’s country hitmaker known for his songs “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue,” Sure Love,” and more, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease/ dementia. This is according to a post made by his wife Andrea on Ketchum’s official Facebook Page.
Hal Ketchum’s Condition
His wife Andrea shared the news via Facebook to quell the speculations related to Hal’s lack of tour dates. She posted a lengthy message dedicated to all his friends and fans to clarify the situation.
“Unfortunately, Hal is suffering from Alzheimer’s/ Dementia. 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 then clarified the state of the 90’s hitmaker. “Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends.”
Andrea went on to thank the unwavering support that they have gotten for Ketchum.
“We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you! 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. Lots of love and appreciation to you all from Hal and the entire Ketchum family.”
Ketchum was born in Greenwich, New York. But his music career began in Austin, Texas before he decided to relocate to Nashville. He’d later sign with Curb Records, and in 1991, released his debut album ‘Past the Point of Rescue.’ He had several top 20 hits, including “I Know Where Love Lies,” and “Five O’ Clock World.”
Ketchum now resides in Texas.