LOS ANGELES – Country singer Kenny Rogers on Friday
whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died at age 81, a representative says.
According to a representative, the singer-songwriter peacefully passed away on Friday night from natural causes “under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family”.
Friday’s statement said Rogers, 81, was recently admitted to a hospital in Georgia and treated for dehydration.
“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10.25pm at the age of 81,”the said.
“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
Rogers’s family is planning to hold a small private funeral service due to the concern over the coronavirus crisis.
“They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date,” the rep added.
Rogers was married five times and had five children.
“In a career that spanned more than six decades, 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.
“He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge … and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come,” it added.
Rogers embarked on a world farewell tour in 2016 but in April 2018 he canceled the last few shows citing “a series of health challenges.”
Rogers, a three-time Grammy winner and a Country Music Hall of Famer, is best known for songs like “The Gambler” and his 1983 duet with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream.”
After beginning his career in the 1950s with a jazz group, Rogers went solo in the 1970s and released his break-through single “Lucille” in 1977.