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Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

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

Kenny 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.

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

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.

Known for his husky voice and ballads including The Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County, his career spanned more than six decades.

He once summed up his popularity by explaining that he believed his songs “say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear”.

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

In their statement, his family said he “left an indelible mark on the history of American music”.

A keen businessman, Rogers also led several ventures over the years, mainly in property and the restaurant sector.

He was married five times and had five children.

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