Country music legend, Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81.
According to a statement released late Friday, March 20, 2020, by his family, Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
The family said they were planning a small private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.”
Channels TV reports that Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music.
The statement posted by his representative, Keith Hagan, stated that his songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.
A three-time Grammy winner who sold tens of millions of records, Rogers was known for a string of huge hits including “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream.”
Late Kenny Rogers told the Irish Examiner in 2013 that: “I’ve never considered myself a great singer, but I do have a certain way as a storyteller. I’ve been very lucky in finding many great songs that have had a staying power, and have lingered longer in the heart.”
Released in 1978, his album “The Gambler” was a huge international hit, going multi-platinum and the title track became his signature song.