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Country singer icon Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Country music legend, Kenny Rogers,who enjoyed a career spanning across six decades which began in 1957, retired from touring in 2017 at age 79 has died aged 81.

The American singer who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s passed away last night at 10.25 pm, family announced.

Country music legend was a three-time Grammy winner and was also a Country Music Hall of Fame member.

‘The Gambler’s passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

The late singer family is planning a small private service because of the coronavirus  ” COVID-19″ pandemic with a public memorial planned for a later date.

Rogers’ signature song “The Gambler” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2018.

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.

He had 24 No. 1 hits and through his career more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone.

His 1978 song “The Gambler” inspired multiple TV movies, with Rogers as the main character.

Kenny, has been married five times with five children, Carole, 60, Kenny Jr., 55, Christopher Cody, 37, and 14-year-old identical twin sons, Jordan and Justin. He is survived by his last wife Wanda Miller

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