In 2005 I was still in the Army, and on March 9th I arrived at "The Great Place," Fort Hood, TX. My second and final duty station. During in-processing I was killing some time online, probably checking out MySpace, when I read the news that Chris LeDoux had died.

I thought there is now way, surely this is a hoax. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. After a long battle with a rare form of liver cancer, LeDoux passed away on March 9, 2005

Today marks 15 years since we said goodbye to the country singer, rodeo champion and man who Garth Brooks patterned his high-energy, hugely popular, over-the-top live shows after.

During his long, largely “underground” career, LeDoux recorded 36 albums. Collectively they’ve sold more than 6 million units in the United States. He was awarded one Gold Album certification from the RIAA, and was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award.