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Iconic Country Singer Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

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By Whitney Vasquez

Legendary country singer Kenny Rogers has passed away. "The Gambler" singer died on Friday night of natural causes while in the care of hospice and surrounded by his family, this according to his Twitter account who revealed the news on Saturday morning. Kelly Rogers was 81 years old and had been dealing with health issues in the past. The "Lucille" singer's publicist, Keith Hagan, confirmed his death to CNN. "Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world," he said. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the family is planning an intimate and small funeral in his honor at "a later date."

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His Rise To Fame:

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Kenny Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame just 7 years ago. The organization praised him for his "distinctive, husky voice." He won three Grammys throughout his lifetime and was a 6-time Country Music Awards winner. Kenny Rogers was a chart-topper and had 24 #1 hits during his lengthy career and sold over 50 million albums in the United States alone. 20 of those #1 hits were made between the years of 1977 and 1987.

His Legendary #1 Hits:

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Country Music Association released a statement regarding Kenny Rogers' death. "Country Music has lost the great Kenny Rogers, who has forever left a mark on Country Music's history," the association said. "His family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time." He had several hits throughout his career like "We've Got Tonight," "Lady," "Through the Years," and "Islands In The Stream," which was a duet between the singer and Dolly Parton. Kenny Rogers announced his retirement from country music in 2015, saying he was looking forward to spending more time with his beloved family.

Announcing His Retirement:

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"I've been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way, but there comes a time when I need to focus on spending time with my family," he said on his official website at the time. "My life is about my wife and my 11-year-old twin boys right now. There are a lot of things I want to do together with them to create some special memories. I don't have a bucket list of my own ... I have a bucket list of things I want to do with them."

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