Country music icon Kenny Rogers passes away at 81

The legendary singer/bassist died peacefully, surrounded by family at his home.

Kenny Rogers onstage with The First Editions

Kenny Rogers onstage with The First Editions at The Bitter End nightclub in New York, November 8, 1967

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Country music star Kenny Rogers has passed away at the age of 81, at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The Grammy award-winning singer/bassist enjoyed a career that spanned six decades and will be remembered for his chart-topping hits like The Gambler, Lady and Lucille.

A press release from the late singer’s representation reports that he “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family”. All over social media, heartfelt tributes to the late singer have been pouring in from friends, peers and fans.

Dolly Parton, a long-time friend, and singing partner of Rogers shared an emotional video tribute to the late singer on Instagram, saying: “I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken. A big ol’ chunk of it has gone with him today and I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans, when I say that I will always love him.” See the post here:

The Grand Ole Opry, a country music institution, has also paid tribute to the late singer. Members Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Marty Stuart opened the Opry’s 4,916th consecutive weekly broadcast with an emotional rendition of Sweet Music Man, a tune written and performed by Rogers.

In light of the COVID-19 emergency, the late singer’s family has stated that for now, a small private ceremony will be held, with plans for a greater celebration of Rogers’ life at a later date. They’ve also urged fans who wish to donate in Rogers’ name, to do so with Grammy’s MusiCare program.

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