Music legend Kenny Rogers has died at the ripe old age of 81 years old. He rose to popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, and has won three prestigious Grammy awards.

It is believed that he passed away peacefully at home from natural causes and under the care of hospice. He was also surrounded by family when he passed away.

The COVID-19 virus is preventing the family from hosting a large funeral, so the funeral service will be small and private. There will be a public memorial, planned for a later date.

Rogers had announced his farewell tour in 2015 and kept it going until December 2017. In April 2018, he announced he had to call off the remaining dates due to “health challenges”.

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

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