Country music star Kenny Rogers died Friday night in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He was 81. According to a statement posted by his family on Twitter, the singer, songwriter, actor and producer passed away at 10:25PM “peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rogers family is planning to have a small private service with a public memorial at a later date.
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Rogers, the crooner with a husky voice known for such hits as his signature tune “The Gambler” (you can watch it below); “Lady”; “Islands in the Stream,” a duet with longtime friend and frequent collaborator Dolly Parton; and “Lucille”, sold millions of records and won three Grammys during his decades-long, Country Music Hall of Fame career.
As an actor, he starred in the 1982 movie Six Pack and a number of popular TV movies such as The Gambler franchise, built around his Gambler persona, Christmas in America, and Coward of the County — all based on hit songs of his. He also served as host & narrator for the A&E historical series The Real West.
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
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