Though their relationship ultimately came to an end, Gordon said she still treasured their many happy memories together.
Kenny Rogers passed away at the age of 81 on March 19, 2020, as we reported earlier. He is survived by his fifth wife Wanda and five children. Rogers passed away on Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family. His publicist Keith Hagan said in a statement "Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have been enjoyed music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world." The singer-songwriter, who has three Grammys 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.
Fox News reports that Marianne Gordon is mourning the loss of her ex-husband Kenny Rogers. “He was an incredible person,” Gordon, 74, recently told Closer Weekly. Gordon met Rogers in 1974 and they got married in 1977. In 1981, the couple welcomed their son Christopher Cody Rogers. However, they parted ways after 16 years of marriage in 1993. In 1997, Rogers went on to marry Wanda Miller, who remained his wife until his passing. “It’s very upsetting when I start talking about him,” Gordon told the magazine while fighting back tears. “For 17 of 21 years, every day, he was so sweet,” she shared. “I always felt his total focus was on me. If anyone wanted anything from him, he was looking me in the eye and said, ‘Whatever she wants to do.’”
“I think that when he turned 50, I didn’t have his full attention anymore but it looked like he still wanted me here,” the actress continued. “His life is such an open book and after two years he felt this craving, this longing. He said he felt like he was having a mid-life crisis. He felt like his career was fading.” Gordon added that Rogers used to worry about his career in country music coming to an end. “Kenny used to say he had dreams he would go to perform and there wouldn’t be anyone in the audience,” said Gordon. “That was a nightmare to him. That was a repeated dream for him.”
Despite all his insecurities, Gordon added that it was a complete pleasure to live with Rogers. “He was always in a good mood and had a wonderful sense of humor about things,” she said. “And he really didn’t change with fame.” Though their relationship ultimately came to an end, Gordon said that she still treasured their many happy memories together. “The end of a relationship like that can be devastating, but there were many fabulous memories,” said Gordon. “I like to think about those. We had a sweet child together and he is 38 now. I couldn’t say enough nice things about him and how special he was,” she continued.
“So many people have called to remind me of the wonderful things Kenny did to help his friends and mine, including buying a car for a friend’s mother. He was such a kind, good person," she concluded. Rogers is survived by his wife, Wanda, and his sons Justin, Jordan, Chris, and Kenny Jr., as well as two brothers, a sister, and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, his representative said. The family is planning a private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency,” a statement posted early Saturday read. A public memorial will be held at a later date. May his soul rest in peace.