Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

March 21, 2020

The family of Kenny Rogers announced Saturday morning that he passed away Friday evening at the age of 81. The singer reportedly died peacefully from natural causes.

"In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music," a statement from the family reads. "His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world."

The Country Music Hall of Fame member had over 20 Country number one hits, won three GRAMMY Awards, and six CMA Awards during his career.

The family also announced that they are planning a small private service, given concerns over coronavirus at this time, with hopes for a public gathering with fans at a later time.

Some of the first country stars to pay tribute include, Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes and Jamey Johnson. "You are and forever will be quite the legend," wrote Rimes, as Johnson shared, "So many songs you sang painted the canvas of my musical youth."

"You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone," wrote Parton, who shared several duets with Rogers. "I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend."

Roger retired from performing in 2018 due to health concerns, and has been in hospice care. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

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