According to police in Hereford, Texas, the country singer, 49, was found dead in his apartment on Wednesday. Officers and medical personnel responded to a call about an unresponsive subject around 2 p.m. and on arrival found Norwood deceased in a bedroom. Norwood's body was first discovered by his landlord, who had gone to check on him.
Officials say they did not observe any signs of foul play and Norwood's death remains under investigation.
According to the AP, Norwood was last seen on Tuesday night with his friends.
Norwood, who had two singles from his self-titled debut album – "If It Wasn't for Her I Wouldn't Have You" and "Cowboys Don't Cry" – break into the top 40 on the country chart, previously struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, but in a 2002 interview with Country Weekly he revealed he'd been sober since 1995. Norwood claimed he had 25 shots of Jack Daniels a night on each of his last three nights of drinking before he quit.
In 1997, he founded the "Keep It Straight" program to help warn kids about the perils of drugs and alcohol abuse and violence.