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Legendary Country music singer Kenny Rogers is dead

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock (6600143a) Kenny Rogers performs at the Country Music Awards in Nashville, 1977 Kenny Rogers 1977, Nashville, USA

World acclaimed country music star Kenny Rogers died Friday night, according to a statement posted by his family.

The 81 year old Rogers died peacefully of natural causes at 10:25 pm surrounded by family, the statement said.

He was known for such hits as ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Lady’ and ‘Lucille’ just to mention a few.

Early in his career, Rogers led the band Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, whose hits included the Mel Tillis-written song, ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.’

The three time Grammy award winner was also an author whose latest books, a memoir, ‘Luck or Something Like It’ and a novel ‘What Are The Chances’ were published in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year.

Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, 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.”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – DECEMBER 09: Kenny Rogers performs in concert at Golden Nugget Casino on December 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)

According to a report by Variety, 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 gotten married five times in his lifetime. He is now survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.

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