The country music icon and global legend, Kenny Rogers, passed away late Friday night according to report from his family.
“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” the statement said.
The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020
Rogers received 10 awards from the Academy of Country Music and, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, he sold over 47 million records in the United States.
He enjoyed global notoriety for six decades then retired in 2017.
“You either do what everyone else is doing and you do it better, or you do what no one else is doing and you don’t invite comparison,” said Rogers in 2015. “And I chose that way because I could never be better than Johnny Cash or Willie or Waylon at what they did. So I found something that I could do that didn’t invite comparison to them. And I think people thought it was my desire to change country music. But that was never my issue.”
Rogers was well-liked and an admitted fan of the President Donald Trump.
“I love what he says, I have to admit,” Rogers told the The Guardian in 2015. “I really like him. I think his problem is that he says what everyone wants to hear but he doesn’t say it well. He believes everything he says: whether he’s right or not, he says what everybody fears.”
Rogers liked that Trump had independent wealth from the private sector because he believed it gave him credibility. “He can be president and not owe anybody anything,” Rogers said. “He’s one of the few people that has the money to do it and has the guts to do it. You’re biting off a lot by doing that.”
According to Fox News, Rogers is survived by his wife, Wanda, and his sons Justin, Jordan, Chris and Kenny Jr., as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.