Legendary country music star Kenny Ray Rogers who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s has died.
The three times Grammy awards winner died on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home in Georgia, USA.
“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,” the family spokesman, Keith Hagan, said in a statement.
In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music.
His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.
Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Rogers’ songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike.
Rogers, with 24 number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time Grammy Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.
They look forward to celebrating Rogers’ life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.