Kenny Rogers, Country Music Legend, Dies At 81

By Scott Caswell

March 21, 2020

Country legend Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81-years-old. Rogers' career in music and on the screen spanned six decades, and included hits like "The Gambler," "Lucille," "Lady," and his duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream." He also starred in many TV movies, including several based on "The Gambler."

In a post on the singer's Twitter account, the family announced his death, "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. Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. 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."

The statement continued, "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."

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