GEORGIA—Country musician Kenny Rogers passed away from natural causes at the age of 81 at his Sandy Springs home on Friday, March 20.
Born in Houston on August 21, 1938, Rogers’ family announced his passing in the presence of family and under the care of hospice. Rogers had a six-decade career, where he was known for his hits such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me” and “Through the Years.”
He had a total of 24 number-one hits during his career and was a six-time Country Music Association winner. In addition, he won three Grammy awards and was nominated a total of 19 times. He partnered with Dolly Parton on a few songs during his career. The country star was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year he was awarded the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Aside from being a singer, Rogers dabbled as an actor and starred in TV movies in the 1970s and 1980s. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Rogers’ family is planning a small private service, but also plans to honor him publicly in the near future when appropriate and safe to do so. He is survived by his wife, Wanda, and four sons.