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Chris LeDoux
Birth: Oct. 2, 1948
Harrison County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 2005
Natrona County
Wyoming, USA

Country Music Singer. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi. His father was in the US Air Force and was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base at the time of his birth. The family moved often when he was a child, due to his father's Air Force career. He learned to ride horses while visiting his grandparents on their Michigan farm. At age 13, LeDoux participated in his first rodeo, riding in Denison, Texas, and before long was winning junior rodeo competitions. Chris continued to compete in rodeo events and played football through his high school years, with rodeos keeping most of his attention. His family moved to Cheyenne, he attended Cheyenne Central High School. After twice winning the Wyoming State Rodeo Championship bareback riding title during high school, he earned a rodeo scholarship to Casper College in Casper. During his junior year, Chris won the Intercollegiate National bareback riding Championship. In 1970, Chris became a professional rodeo cowboy, competing on the national rodeo circuit. To help pay his expenses while traveling the country, he began composing songs describing his lifestyle. Within two years, he had written enough songs to make up an album, and soon established a recording company, American Cowboy Songs, with his father. After recording his songs in a friend's basement, Chris began selling his albums out of the back of his truck at rodeo events. His years of hard work paid off when he won the 1976 world bareback riding championship at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Winning the championship gave Chris more credibility with music audiences. Chris continued competing for the next four years. He retired in 1980 to nurse injuries and to spend more time with his growing family. known little outside the rodeo circuit until country superstar Garth Brooks paid tribute to him in a song, described his music as a combination of "Western soul, sagebrush blues, cowboy folk and rodeo rock 'n' roll." He and Brooks teamed up for the Top 10 hit, "Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy," in 1992. In November, Chris had to cancel several tour dates while undergoing treatment for cancer of the bile duct. He had undergone a liver transplant in 2000 after a lengthy illness. Chris had been playing guitar and harmonica and writing songs since his teens. He recorded songs about cowboys, the ups and downs of the rodeo circuit and his adopted home of Wyoming. By 1989, Chris had released 22 albums. They were mostly cassettes produced by his parents, which he sold at concerts and rodeos. He had a loyal, if limited, fan base. But that all changed that year when Brooks had a hit with "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," which included the line: "A worn-out tape of Chris LeDoux, lonely women and bad booze/seem to be the only friends I've left at all." The song came at a time when Chris's career was sputtering with an independent label and no marketing. "And here he comes along and mentions the worn-out tapes in his song," Chris eventually signed with Brooks' record label, Capitol. In 2003, he released the album "Horsepower" and celebrated career sales of more than 5 million albums. In August 2000, Chris was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, which required him to receive a liver transplant. Garth Brooks volunteered to donate part of his liver, but it was found to be incompatible. An alternative donor was located, and Chris received a transplant on October 7, 2000. After his recovery he released two additional albums. In November 2004, Chris was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and underwent radiation treatment for it until his death on March 9, 2005 of complications from the ongoing treatment as well as the disease at a Casper, Wyoming hospital. He was married to Peggy Rhoads on January 4, 1972, and they had five children: Clay, Ned, Will, Cindy and Beau. Chris died at the age of 56 from complications of liver cancer. (bio by: Shock) 

Cause of death: Complications of liver cancer
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
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Originally Created by: Gardee Hill
Record added: Mar 09, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10590952
Chris LeDoux
Added by: Gardee Hill
Chris LeDoux
Added by: Gardee Hill
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Still lovin' your work. RIP Chris.
- Alan Humphrey
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- Birdgirl
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- Eddie Hale
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