Trailblazing Christian music artist Carman Licciardello, known to fans simply as Carman, has died.
An update on his Facebook page says he passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16 at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.
Carman, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, had turned 65 while in the hospital on Jan. 19.
As CBN News reported three weeks ago, he underwent hernia surgery which had resulted in a sudden, life-threatening crisis, including internal bleeding, organ failure, and then pneumonia.
Carman had been diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma cancer in 2013. He experienced several years of recovery. Then he reported last year that cancer had returned but he wouldn’t stop fighting and he planned to continue touring.
Last week, Carman’s team reported on his Facebook page, “Due to his long fight with cancer and the effect that has on the body, his bounce back from this has been slower than he would like. He appreciates all of the care and prayers you have sent his way.”
In announcing Carman’s death on Feb. 16, his manager Matt Felts said, “This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.”
Carman received dozens of major honors and awards over the decades before being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
He reportedly holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and led more than 80,000 fans in worship in Chattanooga, Tennessee