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Kenny Rogers' Family Encourages People To Donate To Coronavirus Relief Fund In His Name

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By Clark Sparky

Following the death of music icon Kenny Rogers last Friday at age 81, the family says they've been receiving inquiries from fans wondering what charity they can donate to in his name. On Monday, the family revealed the coronavirus relief fund that they'd like to see money go towards.

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"Several people have asked where donations can be made in Kenny's name. We suggest the @recordingacademy & @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund to help music creators/professionals without work during the coronavirus pandemic. Kenny always wholeheartedly supported musicians, crew members & music personnel," an Instagram post on his account read. It was followed with a link to where people can donate.

The family announced his passing on Saturday morning on Instagram. "The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81," a statement read. "Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."

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Over the weekend, Dolly Parton, with whom Rogers recorded the hit song "Islands in the Stream," shared her thoughts on his death.

"You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone," Parton said on social media. "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. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, Dolly."

Staying Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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