Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Dies Aged 81
Country music legend Kenny Rogers has died aged 81.
The three-time Grammy award winner 'passed away peacefully at home from natural causes', a family representative said.
The family added in a statement that they would be holding a public celebration of Rogers' after the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement read: "The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10.25pm at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
"The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national Covid-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny's life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date."
Born in Houston, Texas, his career spanned more than six decades and he was known for ballads such as 'The Gambler', 'Lucille' and 'Islands in the Stream'.
He collaborated with the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Sheena Easton and Lionel Richie.
Tributes to the singer-songwriter have been flooding in on social media:
Dolly Parton + Kenny Rogers = Islands in the stream. Watch and enjoy. RIP to Kenny Rogers man will be missed :broken_heart::broken_heart: pic.twitter.com/3bPlGB85kX- T'challa (@GodspowerWorld_) March 21, 2020
I know it's part of life but it doesn't make it any easier, first my friend Glen Campbell now Kenny Rogers, A sad lose for me and many fans. RIP Kenny. A good man. A good friend.- Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) March 21, 2020
I asked Kenny Rogers which of his songs was his favourite.- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 21, 2020
He immediately said 'Lady' then corrected himself. 'Actually, it would be We've Got Tonight.'
The lyrics seem apposite today: 'We've got tonight, who needs tomorrow? Let's make it last, let's find a way.' pic.twitter.com/TuoMbXdALe
Rest In peace Kenny Rogers.....- Pedro Mbugua :flag_ke: (@PedroMbugua_) March 21, 2020
"Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done
Walk away from trouble if you can
It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek
I hope you're old enough to understand
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man" Coward of the country :fire: pic.twitter.com/is6RRSzAiQ
Rogers was married five times and had five children.
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