Country music icon Kenny Rogers

New Delhi: Grammy Award-winning country music icon Kenny Rogers passed away peacefully at home due to natural causes on Friday at 10.25 pm. He was 81.

Rogers was under the care of hospice at the time of his death and was surrounded by his family.

According to reports, a small funeral is being planned out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. But a larger celebration of Roger’s life with friends and fans would happen at a later day.

Throughout his career, Rogers had 24 number-one hits, winning six Country Music Awards and three Grammys.

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Chart-topping hits like The Gambler’, Lady, Islands In The Stream, Lucille, She Believes In Me, and Through the Years are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike

On top his music, Rogers also starred in a number of movies and television shows. He developed his The Gambler character for several television films, including Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, which was nominated for Emmys for cinematography and editing

Rogers also began a chain of chicken restaurants, Kenny Rogers Roasters. The franchise has expanded out of the US and to 156 stores worldwide, like in Dubai and Thailand.

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