The Big Magazine Staff
Kenny Rogers: Legendary Country Music Singer Dead at 81
Updated: Mar 22, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Kenny Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned six decades, died on Friday (March 20) night at age 81, according to CNN.
Rogers publicist, Keith Hagan announced his passing on Rogers’ verified Twitter account, saying he died Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice surrounded by his family.
The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Kenny Rogers in 2013. He had 24 No. 1 hits throughout his country music career with over 50 million albums sold in the US alone. Rogers signature gritty voice and star-studded collaborations earned him countless awards including; six Country Music Awards, and three Grammy Awards for his unique crossover hits.
Rogers officially retired in 2018 with his farewell tour ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ which ended abruptly because of health concerns. Some of his most famous hit songs include “Lucille”, “The Gambler”, “We’ve Got Tonight”, “Through the Years” and “Lady.” Kenny Rogers was a multifaceted artist and published author, who dabbled in acting, and opened a chain of fast-food chicken outlets called Kenny Rogers Roasters.
Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. The country music superstar had been married five times and leaves behind his current wife, Wanda. He had five children: Christopher, Jordan, Justin, Kenny Rogers Jr., and only daughter, Carole.
Tributes to the country singer poured in from fans on social media. Dolly Parton honored her late friend with a Twitter post:
“You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend.”
In a video posted along with the message, a visibly emotional Parton held a picture of herself with Rogers saying, “I know you are as sad as I am. But God bless you Kenny, fly high in to the arms of God.”