Country music star Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81.
His family took to Twitter on Saturday to confirm he’d passed away on Friday night from natural causes.
“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81,” the post said.
“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”
The singer-songwriter rose to fame in the late 1950s, working alongside jazz singer Bobby Doyle.
During his long and successful career, Rogers had a total of 24 number one hits and won three Grammy awards.
He topped the charts during the 1970s and 1980s but was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Some of his greatest hits include ‘The Gambler’, ‘Through the Years’ and ‘Islands In The Stream’ which he sang alongside fellow country music icon Dolly Parton.
Parton and Rogers went on to collaborate on a number of projects over the years.
These included ‘Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember’ and 2013 single ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’.
“In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music,” his family said in a statement.
“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 Kenny Rogers’ songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike.”
Rogers announced his farewell tour in 2015 – aptly called ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’, after his much-loved hit.
The singer also had success as an actor, appearing in a number of productions over the years.
These include the feature film ‘Six Pack’, made for television movie ‘Kenny Rogers as The Gambler’ and most recently ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
His family are planning a small private service due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
They said that they look forward to celebrating his life publicly with friends and fans at a later date.
Rogers is survived by his wife Wanda and his five children.
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