Kenny Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned nearly six decades, has passed at the age of 81.
The artist’s family announced his death on Rogers’ verified Twitter account, saying he died Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family. “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,” a statement posted by publicist Keith Hagan says.
Rogers was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, for what the hall of fame called a “distinctive, husky voice.”
He had 24 number-one hits and throughout his career, more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone. He was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and three-time Grammy Award winner.
According to the statement posted by his publicist, Rogers’ family is planning a small, private service out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic, “but look forward to celebrating the life of Kenny Rogers publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”