Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died. He passed away last night [Friday] at 10:25PM aged 81.
“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” read a statement shared on Kenny Rogers twitter and Facebook page.
According to his publicist Keith Hagan, the family were planning a small private service at this time “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.”
“The family looks forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date,” Hagan added.
– Kenny Rogers –
Born in a housing project in Houston, Texas, Rogers started his career in the late 1950s and quickly became active in rockabilly, jazz and other genres that he brought into his country style.
His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.
Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike.
Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
He played his final concert at Nashville in October 2017, where he was joined by his long-time friend and collaborator Dolly Parton for a last performance of “Islands in the Stream.”
In April 2018, Kenny Rogers scrapped the final dates of his farewell tour due to health concerns.
“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” the singer said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to fans over the course of the past two years,” he said, adding that he could “never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career.”
Married five times, Rogers is survived by his wife Wanda and five children, including twin boys.