Country music maestro and three-time Grammy Award winner, Kenny Rogers has passed away at the age of 81. He reportedly died on Friday night from natural causes, under care, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Rogers lived a happy life, haven been successful both in his music and family life, his music touched the four corners of the world, imparting lives as it went.
He had 24 No. 1 hits and through his career more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone. In 2015 he retired to focus on family.
“I’ve been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way, but there comes a time when I need to focus on spending time with my family,” he had said, according to his official website.
“My life is about my wife and my 11-year-old twin boys right now. 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.”
Thousands of fans have been sending their condolences to the family, among them include his long time friend and colleague Dolly Parton.
“You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend.”
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You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. pic.twitter.com/hIQLIvt8pr
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 21, 2020