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Country Legend Kenny Rogers Dies Aged 81

Saturday, 21 March 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Kenny Rogers has died aged 81.

The country music icon passed away peacefully at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia late Friday night (March 20) from natural causes. His family broke the news in a statement issued to social media.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee was born and raised in Houston, Texas. During his school years he formed a rockabilly band called the Scholars, before studying at the University of Houston, where he played bass in various jazz groups.

He went on to top pop and country charts with a string of hits during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards. Songs like the Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County made him one of the most successful pop-country crossover acts of all time.

After releasing his memoir, Luck or Something Like It, in 2012, Rogers embarked on a farewell tour. His Gambler's Last Deal Tour ran through to December 2017 before the singer retired from the road to allow himself more time at home with his twin boys.

He is survived by his fifth wife, Wanda, and three adult children including the twins.

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