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Country musician  Kenny Rogers dies at 81

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Legendary country music singer Kenny Rogers is dead.

According to a statement from the family, the 81 year old singer died peacefully at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia at 10:25 pm on Friday.

“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.” read the statement

Rodgers is known for hits such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “Lucille,”

In all, Rogers had 24 No. 1 hits and was the winner of six CMA Awards and three Grammys, the family’s statement said.

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He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2013 he received the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kenny Rogers performs during the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)

Rogers led the band Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, whose hits included the Mel Tillis-written song, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

He was born in Houston and was raised in public housing along with seven siblings. He had his first gold single at age 20 with a song called “That Crazy Feeling.”

He was admitted at Georgia hospital in May 2019 for what was termed as dehydration, amid rumours that his overall health was failing.

In 2018, Rodgers was also forced to cancel his  much hyped farewell concert citing health complications.