Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative said in a statement.
Kenny Rogers bid farewell to the world at the age of 81, reports CNN. His music topped the charts in the 70s and 80s, and his career in music spanned over six decades. Rogers, who has three Grammy's to his name, “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative said in a statement, according to Variety. The family also took to Twitter to announce the news of his passing, adding that he was surrounded by his family. Married five times, Rogers is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.
Thank you Kenny Rogers for being a part of our lives for so long. Your songs are woven into the fabric of our memories, classics, that will live on in the musical heart of a world that will miss you so much.— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) March 21, 2020
Rest in peace Gambler
The family has planned a small funeral for Rogers, given the current condition due to COVID-19, but a public memorial is being planned for a later date. In 2015, Rogers had announced a farewell tour that went on till 2018. In April the same year, just a few months before ending his tour, he called off his remaining dates due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. 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.”
Kenny Rogers had a voice and spirit that brought a sense of harmony to the world. He was that island in the stream. At a time when the waters churn, he will be especially missed. RIP.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) March 21, 2020
Rogers was one of the progenitors of country-pop crossover at the superstar level. “I came into country music not trying to change country music but trying to survive,” he said in a 2016 interview with CMT.com. “And so I did songs that were not country but were more pop. Nowadays they’re not doing country songs at all. What they’re doing is creating their own genre of country music. But I told somebody the other day, country music is what country people will buy. If the country audience doesn’t buy it, they’ll kick it out. And if they do, then it becomes country music. It’s just the era of country music we’re in.”
So saddened by the news on #KennyRogers this #SaturdayMorning. He was an incredible singer I was just playing his songs 2days ago. A family favourite we played his music constantly. #SheBelievesInMe Through the years #CowardoftheCountry #Lady #SweetMusicMan #RIP🙏 #latoyajackson pic.twitter.com/GnzYRX0nWw— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) March 21, 2020
Country historian Bill C. Malone noted that Rogers’ ingratiating style “has been the chief source of his immense success. Rogers is a consummate storyteller, with an intimate and compelling style that almost demands the listener’s concentration. When his husky tenor voice slips down into a raspy, gravelly register, as it sometimes does, Rogers pulls the listener even further into his confidence.” Rogers was born and raised in Houston to a poor family, where he was the fourth child out of eight siblings. His passion for music started in his early adolescent age, and from there, no one could hold him back.
I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler...— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 21, 2020
Dolly Parton posted a video message on Twitter with the caption: You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. 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. “I think I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans, when I say that I will always love you,” Parton said through the video. “I know that we all know Kenny is in a better place than we are today, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today if he ain’t already, and he’s going to ask him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness going on here,” Parton added.
You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. 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. pic.twitter.com/hIQLIvt8pr— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 21, 2020
I had the huge honor of producing songs with this American Giant. He was kind, funny and one of the greatest conveyers of a lyric in the history of music. The world will miss you forever. Thank you for the decades of incredible music! You define a generation. #RIPKennyRogers pic.twitter.com/zoi699yeFx— John Rich (@johnrich) March 21, 2020