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Kenny Rogers: Country music star dies aged 81

Kenny Rogers, the legendary Country music icon has died aged 81.

His family took to Twitter on Saturday, March 21 to announce the news he had passed away on Friday night, March 20 from natural causes.

“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81,” the post said.

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”

Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017.

In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates due to unspecified health challenges.

“I didn’t want to take forever to retire. 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,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement.

The family, in line with the national COVID-19 emergency, is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

Rogers dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of great hits and won three Grammys.

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