Kenny Rogers, the country class singer, songwriter and actor has passed away peacefully at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family at 10:25 p.m. on Friday, his family twitted using his official Twitter account.
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“In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music,”… “The Gambler” track creator’s family stated in a statement shared online by the icon’s publicist.
It also stated that the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer’s hit songs include, “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream” and “Through the Years” had “endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” not forgetting “Coward Of The County.”
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. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020
The singer’s family also hinted that a small private service will be planned following the outbreak of the COVID-19 emergency in the nation while adding that it would celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s life “publicly with his friends and fans at a later date that will be announced soon.”
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Tributes continue to pour as fellow country music star “Leann Rimes” twitted following the news of his death, “you are and forever will be quite the legend.”
We will miss you @_KennyRogers You are and forever will be quite the legend. #thegambler #ripkennyrogers https://t.co/ur0clc3cHP
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) March 21, 2020
The Houston-born Kenny Rogers, who was one among seven siblings, is survived by his wife, Wanda, sons Justin, Jordan, Chris and Kenny Jr., two living brothers and a sister, with grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rogers’ representative “Keith Hagan,” told the Associated Press.