Country legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

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      The country-music world is in mourning as one of its legendary performers has died.

      Kenny Rogers passed away last night at the age of 81.

      The Rogers family announced the news on Rogers' Facebook page, saying that he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family." 

      A three-time Grammy winner, Rogers is best known for country hits like "The Gambler", "Lady", "Islands In The Stream", "Lucille", and "She Believes In Me".

      "Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music," reads the Facebook message. "His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world."

      Rogers was also an actor, as his 1978 song "The Gambler" inspired multiple TV movies, with him playing the main character.

      After a musical career which spanned six decades and garnered 24 number-one hits, Rogers announced his retirement in 2015.

      "My life is about my wife and my 11-year-old twin boys right now," he said upon retiring. "There are a lot of things I want to do together with them to create some special memories. I don't have a bucket list of my own...I have a bucket list of things I want to do with them."

      According to the family announcement, the Rogers family is planning "a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.  They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date."

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