Legendary country music star Kenny Rogers passed away of natural causes this week at the age of 81. From his first fits to iconic collaborations, Rogers touched the lives of millions and will live on forever through his music.
RIP Kenny Rogers
There’s certainly a lot of news to keep track of these days. However, it’s still important to note the passing of legendary American icon Kenny Rogers. Rogers, who was 81, passed away from natural causes in his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, last week. One of the most famous country stars of all time, Rogers had numerous hit singles, including “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream,” with Dolly Parton.
In a statement on Twitter, the American legend’s family wrote, “Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.” Rogers leaves behind his wife of twenty-two years, Wanda Miller, five children, and many grandchildren.
Rise To Stardom and Success
Kenny Rogers’ climb to success was steady, and when he made it – he made it big. It all started in his home town in Texas, where he joined a few bands, most notably Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. However, in 1978, he became a solo artist and truly had his breakthrough. A little while later, Rogers had become the tenth best selling male artist in the US and the biggest country star on the planet. Along the way, he collaborated with many other artists – like the recording of “We Are The World” 35 years ago, a duet with the Bee Gees.
But, all good things must come to an end. In 2015, Rogers announced his retirement from music. “I’ve been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way,” he said at the time. “But there comes a time when I need to focus on spending time with my family.”
Celebrities Mourning Rogers’ Passing
For the last few years of his life, Rogers enjoyed a peaceful life at home with his family. Soon, his family plant to have a small, private ceremony, per coronavirus health guidelines. Still, they “look forward to celebrating the life of Kenny Rogers publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”
Many colleagues and friends mourned the loss of the star over their social media pages. Dolly Parton wrote, “I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today, and I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be talking to God sometime today… and he’s going to be asking him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness. […] To the rest of you, keep the faith.”
Meanwhile, Blake Shelton tweeted, “I can’t express on Twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace, Gambler.” Lionel Richie shared he “lost a close friend” and added, “So much laughter so many adventures to remember, my heart is broken… My prayers go out to Kenny’s Family.”
“Country music has lost one of its pillars… sing with the angels and talk to God, Kenny. Bless you, for being a part of so many lives,” wrote American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. However, Keith Urban seemed to sum it up best: “THANK YOU KENNY ROGERS – for decades of genre-bending music and collaborations — for making music that traveled the globe.. and songs that became common threads for people from all walks of life!! GO REST HIGH BROTHER. With love and deep appreciation. KU”