Kenny Rogers has died. He was 81.
“The Rogers household is unhappy to announce that Kenny Rogers handed away final night time at 10:25PM on the age of 81. Rogers handed away peacefully at house from pure causes beneath the care of hospice and surrounded by his household,” the singer’s household mentioned in an announcement launched on his social media.
“The household is planning a small non-public service right now out of concern for the nationwide COVID-19 emergency. They look ahead to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly along with his buddies and followers at a later date,” the assertion mentioned.
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The Rogers household is unhappy to announce that Kenny Rogers handed away final night time at 10:25PM on the age of 81. Rogers handed away peacefully at house from pure causes beneath the care of hospice and surrounded by his household. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020
Over his illustrious 5 decades-long profession, Rogers bought greater than 100 million data and received three Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, and a spot within the Nation Music Corridor of Fame. His largest hits included his signature track “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Ruby,” and “Islands within the Stream”—his beloved duet with Dolly Parton which reached No. 1 on the pop charts in 1983.
He was honored with an all-star live performance in October 2017 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Enviornment that featured performances by Lionel Richie, Little Large City, the Judds and longtime duet accomplice Parton.
Rogers, who was born in Houston, Texas, on August 21, 1938, kicked off his music profession in 1957 along with his first track titled, “That Loopy Feeling” earlier than discovering fame along with his cross-genre group, Kenny Rogers and The First Version, and band members Mike Settle, Terry Williams, Thelma Camacho and Kin Vassy.
After nearly a decade, the band disbanded in 1976 and Rogers began his solo profession along with his first album Love Lifted Me, which was launched that very same 12 months.
Along with his solo music, Rogers amassed a big following effectively past the country-music world due to collaborations with artists akin to Richie, Lynda Carter and Barry Gibb, in addition to 1985’s charity track “We Are the World” with 45 different musicians.
Amongst Rogers’ 39 studio albums, some well-known ones embody The Gambler, Kenny, Eyes That See within the Darkish, She Rides Wild Horses and Share Your Love.
In 2000, he made his comeback on the highest of the charts for the primary time in additional than a decade with the only “Purchase Me a Rose.” And in 2008, he celebrated his 50th 12 months within the music enterprise with a tour that took him throughout the U.S. and to the U.Ok. and Eire.
In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame, together with Cowboy Jack Clement and Bobby Naked.
However in 2015, he introduced his retirement.
On the time, Rogers advised Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly on the At the moment present that he was hoping to spend extra time along with his spouse Wanda Miller and 5 children.
“I’ve finished this lengthy sufficient. I wrote in my guide that typically there’s a fantastic line between being pushed and being egocentric. And I feel I crossed that line once I was youthful,” he mentioned. “I actually wish to be there with my children and my spouse. They’re essential to me and I don’t see sufficient of them.”
Throughout the identical interview, Rogers made references to his ailing well being, saying that he was “positive” he would miss touring.
“I swore that I might do that till I embarrassed myself,” he mentioned. “I’m attending to the place I don’t stroll round effectively. My mobility is admittedly driving me loopy.”
His remaining tour was named, The Gambler’s Final Deal, — after his signature track, 1979’s “The Gambler” — which lasted for 2 years till he was pressured to cancel the final leg as a consequence of medical doctors’ orders.
In an April 2018 assertion, his rep advised PEOPLE: “Kenny Rogers has been working via a sequence of well being challenges. His medical doctors totally anticipate the result to be nice, however they’ve suggested him to cancel all performances via the tip of the 12 months to give attention to recuperation.”
Rogers was hospitalized for dehydration final Might.
On Might 31, 2019, spokespeople for the star mentioned that Rogers was hospitalized however in secure well being.
“On account of latest wild misinformation and hypothesis from a number of media shops, we’re issuing the next assertion on behalf of Kenny Rogers: Kenny was not too long ago admitted to a neighborhood Georgia hospital and handled for dehydration,” the assertion from his rep learn.
“He’ll stay there to finish some bodily remedy to get his power again previous to discharge. He appreciates the priority and effectively needs he has acquired from his followers and might guarantee everybody he plans on sticking round via the years to come back,” the assertion continued.
His remaining live performance occurred on October 25, 2017, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Enviornment.