The Gambler, Lucille and Islands In The Stream hit-maker Kenny Rogers passed away at 81 on Friday night at his home. The country music legend had called off the final dates of his farewell retirement tour recently due to health concerns. Also Read - Hemingway story from 1956 published for first time Hemingway story
In a statement to the media, Rogers’ family shared, “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.” They added that “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency”, the family was planning a small private service.
The three-time Grammy winner’s career spanned six decades where he also made it to the Country Music Hall of Fame and is much lauded for his contributions to jazz, folk, country and pop music. Taking to his Twitter handle, the family shared a monochromic picture of the sensational singer and tweeted, “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 (sic).”
Earlier in 2018, Rogers’ farewell retirement tour was cut short due to a series of health challenges and in 2019 again, a health scare had landed him in the hospital for dehydration. In a staement in 2018, Rogers had shared, “I didn’t want to take forever to retire. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years…. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”
May his soul rest in peace.