On Friday, legendary country singer, Kenny Rogers, passed away peacefully in his home. The cause of death was reportedly due to natural causes, and Rogers was surrounded by family. Rogers’ official Instagram account shared the sad news by writing, “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”
Since the news of his passing, several stars, both in the world of country music and beyond, have shared tributes in honor of the legend. Dolly Parton, who was incredibly close to Rogers for many years wrote, “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.”
While holding a photo of herself and Rogers, Parton also said, “We all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today, but I’m sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today. He’s going to be asking Him to spread some light on the darkness that’s going on here. I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken, a big old chunk of it has gone with him today.”
“I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler…” wrote Shelton.
Reba McEntire released a tearful statement saying, “Kenny, Go rest high on that mountain. Please tell mama and daddy hi for me. Thank you for your friendship and your love. We are going to miss you but we are so happy you’re singing with the Angels in heaven. Can’t wait to see you again one of these days. Rest in peace my friend.”
Even figures such as Stacey Abrams and Patton Oswalt, who have no involvement in country music spoke out in light of Rogers passing.
Abrams said, “Farewell to the talented, complex @_KennyRogers and his music. From Lucille to Reuben James to the beloved The Gambler, his voice lifts spirits, wry wit brings smiles and lyrical storytelling evokes a lovely sorrow. Thank you from all who have had the privilege to listen,” while Oswalt wrote, “I was on an episode of Reno 911! where I played a crazed stalker who shoots Kenny Rogers. The cast loved him, he told great stories, and was a joy to be around. And “The Gambler” is a truly great song. #RIPKennyRogers”.