- Norwood hit the charts with his debut in 1995
- Problems with alcohol prompted him to quit the industry
According to a police department statement, officers and medical personnel responded to a call to Norwood's apartment, where he was found dead in a bedroom.
Police said there were no signs of foul play.
Norwood's debut single, "If It Wasn't for Her, I Wouldn't Have You," came in 1993, with the follow-up, "Cowboys Don't Cry," the next year. Both reached country music's Top 30 chart.
A 2002 Country Weekly story
described the singer as a "Texas preacher's boy who came to Nashville in 1988 and slept in his truck for three years before scoring his mid-'90s hit."
In the article, Norwood talked about the drinking problem that led him to quit the industry in 1995 and about founding Keep It Straight, an anti-drug, alcohol and violence program for young people, in 1997.
"I didn't quit on life," Norwood told Country Weekly. "But I quit the bus, I quit the band, I quit the record deal, quit the shows, the alcohol, the drugs. I quit it all with a phone call to my then-manager saying, 'I'm done. And I do mean done - with it all.' "