Country Music Legend Kenny Rodgers Dies Aged 81

Kenny Rodgers

The world is in mourning. Grammy award-winning country music legend, Kenny Rodgers has died.  According to an official statement from the family, Kenny passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

The county music icon passed on aged 81  and has left an indelible mark on the history of American music as his songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. During the 1970s and 1980s, he topped the charts and won three Grammy awards. He was famously known for his hit song The Gambler, that hit the airwaves in 1978.

Apart from music, Rogers invested his time and money in other business avenues over the course of his career, including a passion for photography that led to several books, as well as an autobiography, Making It With Music. He also owned a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters.

The Gambler became the unofficial anthem of the England World Cup rugby team, putting him back into the spotlight in 2007 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 after which he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.

“Country Music has lost the great Kenny Rogers, who has forever left a mark on Country Music’s history. His family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time,” the Country Music Association commented on his death.

His family is planning a private service due to COVID-19, but a public memorial to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

Rest easy Rodgers. Till we meet again.

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