Musicians And Celebrities Mourn Kenny Rogers

By Paris Close

March 21, 2020

Kenny Rogers

Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, and many other stars are grieving the loss of Kenny Rogers this morning.

The country music legend, who died on Friday (March 20) at the age of 81, is being remembered all across social media in light of the crooner’s passing. According to a statement from Rogers’ rep, the musician “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”

In his wake, Rogers leaves behind a music career spanning six decades, involving classic songs like “Twenty Years Ago,” “The Gambler,” and “Lucille.” He is survived by his wife, Wanda Miller, and his five children: Christopher, Jordan, Justin, Kenny Rogers Jr., and Carole.

Since the news broke, fans and celebrities alike have shared homages in Rogers’ memory.

Fellow country superstar Parton, who was one of Rogers longtime music partners, issued a touching, heartfelt video tribute for her departed friend. “I loved Kenny with all my heart, and my heart’s broken and a big ole chunk of it has gone with him today," she says in the clip. "And I think I can speak for all his family, his friends, and fans when I say that I will always love you."

"I'm so sad to see Kenny Rogers go,” tweeted Richard Marx, who co-wrote the vocalist’s song “Crazy” in 1984. “He did so much for me as a young songwriter and we stayed friends for over 30 years. I'll really miss him. May he rest easy."

“I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me," tweeted Shelton, who considered Rogers an inspiration. "He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler…”

Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt, who assisted the late icon on the TV show, Reno 911!, also remembered him fondly. “I was on an episode of Reno 911! where I played a crazed stalker who shoots Kenny Rogers,” he recalled. The cast loved him, he told great stories, and was a joy to be around. And 'The Gambler' is a truly great song.”

Scroll down for more tributes honoring Rogers' life and legacy below.

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