Global music pioneer and country music hero, Kenny Rogers passed away today, the family announced. In a statement issued on Saturday, the family mentioned that Rogers died of natural causes.
“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,” said the statement.
The Country Music Association has released a statement saying that the late singer will leave a mark on the history of country music forever.
“Country Music has lost the great Kenny Rogers, who has forever left a mark on Country Music’s history. His family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time.”
Rogers and late Don Williams influenced country musicians worldwide including Zimbabwe. His songs gave consolation to lovers during periods of suffering and inspiration for many.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he had topped the charts and won three Grammy awards. He was best known for his 1978 released hit single, The Gambler.
He went on to star in movies based on The Gambler. Rogers worked in 2017 at 79 years of age for a span of 60 years before retiring from touring.
He has always been considered as a country singer despite his crossover success.