The entertainment world, Hollywood, and country alike is coming together to mourn the death of country music legend, Kenny Rogers. As you would expect, Dolly Parton is among those who led the line with a tribute.
The queen of country shared a video and a heartfelt tribute on Twitter on Saturday morning after she found out about her friend’s passing. She expressed her love towards the deceased legend and went on to add that he is now at a better place.
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
Although Dolly Parton stated that her ‘Islands in the stream’ duet partner was now at a better place, she also admitted that the news came as a shock to her.
The 74-year-old songstress went on to add that when she woke up, she expected to see updates on the novel coronavirus but instead got even more shocking news. Dolly Parton also stated that beyond the music, success and the fame, she loved the recently deceased Kenny Rogers truly.
Kenny Rogers was one of the pioneers of the country music industry. Most of us grew up listening to him and even our parents sang to the tunes of his hit songs. Therefore, it’s no surprise that his death led to an outpour of positive celebrity tributes.
Some of the celebrities who shared tributes include, The Voice judge and country singer, Blake Shelton, who talked of how Rogers was always kind and fun towards him and Wynonna Judd who referred to him as the greatest example of integrity.
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…
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 21, 2020
Kenny Rogers was indeed a legendary country musician. In six-decade career, Rogers sold more albums than anyone could realistically count. He also dished out hits after hits and was among the first musicians to successfully fill a stadium for a country music concert.
Kenny was also a powerhouse on the grey screen, and also published books. He passed away at the age of 81 due to natural causes and it’s sad to say that the world has indeed lost a legend!
The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020
Rogers passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. His family is currently planning a small private service for him. His public memorial date is yet to be determined and will be delayed due to the increasing concerns over the Corona virus. However, the family is looking forward to celebrating his life publicly at a later date.
Kenny’s death comes at a time where the world is currently facing a pandemic and as such, everyone is being urged to stay home.
Today country music lost a legend. I had the honor of singing with @_KennyRogers at the 2013 CMA’s. Just watch everybody singing along in the audience. What joy he brought to the world. pic.twitter.com/J9lFOsbVfy
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) March 21, 2020