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'90s Country Star Doug Supernaw Dies From Cancer at Age 60


Country singer Doug Supernaw died on Friday (Nov. 13) following a battle with cancer. According to a press release posted to Supernaw's Facebook page, the "I Don't Call Him Daddy" singer "passed away peacefully" at his Texas home.

Posted by Doug Supernaw on Friday, November 13, 2020

His passing comes less than a month after Supernaw's wife shared news on Facebook that the country singer had been placed under hospice care.

"I have been hoping to not have to pass this information on to you, but, Doug's cancer has spread to the brain and spine, and he is now under hospice care," she wrote on Oct. 18. "I will update as much as I am able to; until then, please keep Doug in your thoughts and prayers, as you all have been."

Supernaw got diagnosed with Stage IV lung and bladder cancer after visiting a Houston hospital in January 2019 with what was first diagnosed as pneumonia. Per Taste of Country, he had a malignant tumor removed from his bladder in March.


The 60-year-old Bryan, Texas native scored 10 straight Top 60 country singles between 1993 and 1996: "Honky Tonkin' Fool," "Reno," "I Don't Call Him Daddy," "Red and Rio Grande," "State Fair," "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," "What'll You Do About Me," "Not Enough Hours in the Night," "She Never Looks Back" and "You Still Got Me."

Supernaw's version of "I Don't Call Him Daddy," a minor hit for Kenny Rogers in 1988, topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in December 1993. Its music video co-stars Supernaw's son, future Tennessee Titans player Phillip Supernaw. It highlights the singer's trio of hit studio albums for BNA Records (1993's Red and Rio Grande and 1994's Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Mind) and Giant Records (1995's You Still Got Me). His final release of the '90s, 1999's Fadin' Renegade, was released by Tack Records.

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In between his first album and its follow-up, Supernaw faced a string of potential career-ending incidents. He suffered a broken neck while surfing, survived a head-on car accident and rebounded from a serious case of food poisoning before continuing his professional fortune with Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Mind. It includes a cover of Steve Goodman and John Prine co-write "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," featuring Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and the singer who made the song famous, David Allan Coe.

A childhood appreciation of George Jones, Gene Watson and other country music legends fueled Supernaw's long trek to Nashville.

His most recently release, a 2017 greatest hits compilation, included two new songs, "Here's My Heart" and "The Company I Keep."

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