Legendary Country Singer Kenny Rogers dies at the age of 81

Kenny Rogers
The legendary Country star, Kenny Rogers dies at the age of 81 on Friday, March 20, 2020

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers’ family announced his death through his Twitter account. They said he died “peacefully” under hospice care and surrounded by his family at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

His career

Rogers’ music career spanned nearly six decades, leaving an irreplaceable mark on the history of American music.

Having 24 No. 1 hits and through his career more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone. He was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and three-time Grammy Award winner, Hagan said.

His famous songs include – “Lady,” “Lucille,” “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Through the Years.” His 1978 song “The Gambler” inspired multiple TV movies, with Rogers as the main character.

Rogers participated in the original recording “We Are the World” along with more than three dozen artists in 1985.

The Country Music Association said in a statement. “His family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time.”

Rogers announced his retirement in 2015 saying: “I’ve been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way, but there comes a time when I need to focus on spending time with my family,” he had said, according to his official website.

Kenny Rogers

“My life is about my wife and my 11-year-old twin boys right now. There are a lot of things I want to do together with them to create some special memories. I don’t have a bucket list of my own … I have a bucket list of things I want to do with them.”

Rogers thrived for 60 years before retired from touring in 2017 at age 79.

Celebrities and fans pay their respects

Reacting to the news were celebrities and fans on social media paying their respect to the country singer.

Dolly Parton remembered her partner, Kenny Rogers on the hit duet “Islands in the Stream.”

She tweeted “You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone,” “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.”

She posted an emotional video showing a picture of herself with Rogers saying “I know you are as sad as I am. But God bless you, Kenny, fly high into the arms of God.”

Other celebrities include Chuck Woolery, Comedian Patton Oswalt, Blake Shelton, Piers Morgan and many more.

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Roger’s publicist says his family will be having a small, private service. They are looking forward to celebrating the life of Kenny Rogers publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.

“Country Music has lost the great Kenny Rogers, who has forever left a mark on Country Music’s history,”

Rest in peace Kenny Rogers! you will forever remain in our hearts…

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