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Country Music Mourns The Loss Of Country Legend Kenny Rogers

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By Adreon Patterson

The death of country music legend Kenny Rogers has to lead to an outpour of touching tributes to the beloved "Gambler."

The 81-year-old passed away Friday from natural causes after his retirement from music in 2017.

With a career that spanned six decades, Rogers amassed 24 No. 1 hits and sold over 47 million records in the U.S. alone. He earned six CMA Awards, three Grammys and 10 ACM Awards.

In 2013, the country crooner was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the recipient of the CMA's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Many within the country music community reacted to the heartbreaking news.

Hours after the news broke, Rogers' most notable collaborative partner and tourmate Dolly Parton posted a tearful tribute to her friend on social media.

In a video filmed in her Nashville home, Parton said, "Well, I couldn't believe it this morning when I got up, turned on the TV checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away."

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"And I know that we all know Kenny is in a better place than we are today but I'm for sure he's going to be talking to God sometime today, if ain't already, and he's going to be asking him to spread some light on this darkness going on here," Parton continued in the video. "But I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart's broken. A big ol' chunk of it has gone with him today and I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans, when I say that I will always love him."

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Towards the end of the video, Parton showed a framed photograph of herself and Rogers.

"I just happened to have this picture when I woke up this morning of us," Parton said as she broke into tears. "I walked out and thought, 'Well, maybe I'll hold that up for everybody,' so I know you're sad as I am but God bless you, Kenny. Fly high, straight into the arms of God. And to the rest of you, keep the faith."

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Country superstar Blake Shelton took to his Twitter to react to Rogers' passing while acknowledging a huge loss to country and pop music as a whole.

"I can't express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler...," Shelton wrote.

Country legend Charlie Daniels took to Twitter to pay tribute to the "Lucille" crooner, having woken up to the news with the rest of the world.

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"Asleep ... when Mary yells 'Oh Joseph ... Kenny Rogers died,'" Oak Ridge Boys member Joe Bonsall wrote on Twitter. "I am a man of words but right now I have none ... I am stunned and heartbroken ... I loved this man ... #RestinpeaceKennyrogers #SweetMusicMan."

Country singer and host John Rich tweeted, "I had the huge honor of producing songs with this American Giant. He was kind, funny, and one of the greatest purveyors of a lyric in the history of music. The world will miss you forever. Thank you for the decades of incredible music! You define a generation. #RIPKennyRogers."

Lad Antebellum's Charles Kelley shared memory along with a photo on Instagram.

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