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The Gambler, He Broke Even: Country Pop Legend Kenny Rogers Dead at 81

Legendary country pop music singer Kenny Rogers passed away Friday night at the age of 81 years old.

Rogers passed away peacefully on Friday night according to a statement published by Variety, which also said his public memorial will be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic:

Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement. “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.”

Kenny Rogers had a string of country hits in the 70s and 80s, including 21 singles that hit number one on the country charts and several crossover smashes that included “The Gambler,” “Lady,” and the Dolly Parton duet “Islands in the Stream.”

Watch Kenny Rogers’ iconic hit “The Gambler” above via Vevo.

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