People around the world have started sending tribute to the music icon legend Kenny Rogers, who died on Friday at the age of 81.
Kenny Rogers who is the architect of the pieces and best known for ballads such as The Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County, was a global superstar over a career that spanned six decades and saw him become the 10th bestselling male artist in the U.S. by album sales, selling more than 50 million copies.
His family announced his death on Rogers’ Twitter account, noting “he passed away peacefully at home” from natural causes.
“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 PM at the age of 81,” the statement said. “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”
The family added Rogers had “left an indelible mark on the history of American music”.
Shortly after the news broke, tributes began pouring in for Rogers, who was born in Houston and grew up on a federal housing estate.
“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,” Rogers’ publicist Keith Hagan said in a statement.
The Golden Globe Awards and the Grammy Awards (which Rogers won three times) also paid tribute to Rogers.