Longtime country music star Kenny Rogers died in the late night hours of Friday evening at the age of 81 years.
Kenny Rogers, Known for such hits as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “Lucille,” died peacefully at home in Sandy Springs, Ga of natural causes at 10:25 PM according to a statement said by a close family relative.
A statement released by Hagan on Friday evening says the country legend “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.” Rogers was 81 years old.
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Who was Kenny Rogers?
During his six-decade, genre-hopping career, Rogers released 65 albums and sold more than 165 million records, making him one of the most successful recording artists of all time.
A massive crossover star, he not only scored 24 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country chart, but more than 120 hits across various genre charts — including his 1978 signature story song "The Gambler,” which inspired five television movies and was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
Kenny Rogers with Dolly Patron
A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2013, Rogers also won three Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, and the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award.