By JOHN DALY
Kenny Rogers, one of the most popular musicians of all time, passed away last night at the age of 81, according to a statement issued by the Rogers family.
He died at 10:25 p.m. on March 20 at home surrounded by his family members. Rogers died of natural causes.
Rogers’ career was not solely country music, though over the last 30 years he had many hits in the genre. In his 60-year career, his music was beloved by millions of fans.
Among the hits he recorded hits are “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me” and “Through The Years.” He had 24 No. 1 hits, he was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, a 6-time Country Music Awards winner, 3-time GRAMMY winner and was a 2013 recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
There will be a small service out of concern for COVID-19 emergency and the family said there will be a celebration for fans at a later date.
The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020