Country music icon Kenny Rogers dies

Rogers' family confirmed that the singer died of natural causes and surrounded by loved ones

Televisa News SOURCE: agency FROM: LOS ANGELES, United States

Kenny Rogers, country music icon, dies. PHOTO EFE

Country star Kenny Rogers, with a successful music career that spanned six decades, passed away on Friday night at 50 years, his family announced on Saturday.

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American country music singer Kenny Rogers, winner of three Grammy Awards and 18 American Music Awards in a successful six-decade career marked by great hits like “The Gambler” and “Just Dropped In”, passed away at 81 years, as reported by the artist's family.

The musician died last night of natural causes, in his house and surrounded by his close friends, according to a statement published by the family on the artist's official Twitter account.

The text highlights Rogers' career of more than six decades and his “indelible mark” in American music and in millions of people around the world.

Rogers leaves a legacy of 24 number one, like “The Gambler, ”“ Lady, ”“ Islands In The Stream, ”“ Lucille, ”“ She Believes In Me ”and“ Through the Years ”.

He was inducted into the country music Hall of Fame and triple winner of the Grammy Awards. He was also recognized in 2013 with the Willie Nelson Award for career achievements of the Academy of Country Music, among others.

The Rogers family indicated that they will hold a small private ceremony due to the emergence of the coronavirus and hope to be able to publicly celebrate the musician's life with his friends and fans later.

The last concert of the veteran country music singer took place last 25 of October in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) and in it he acted alongside stars like Dolly Parton in a tribute to his artistic legacy.

That finishing touch to his career closed a farewell tour of the United States with a total of eighteen concerts in which he shared the stage with other artists of the pop and country genre, including Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and Alison Krauss.

With information from EFE