Kenny Rogers, legendary singer of country songs like "The Gambler" and "Islands In The Stream," died on Friday at the age of 81. According to the statement from his family, he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."
Rogers wrapped up his farewell tour in 2017, and officially retired in April 2018 due to "health challenges." He said at the time:
"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that."
Now that Rogers has said a forever goodbye to the world, many are remembering all that he accomplished over his life, including fellow country music star Garth Brooks, who wrote an op-ed for Billboard.