Singer Kenny Rogers dies aged 81

Kenny Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died aged 81.

Known for hits such as Coward Of The County and The Gambler, Rogers "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family", his representative said in a statement.

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Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died aged 81. Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died aged 81.
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File photo dated 14/11/1996 of veteran Country and Western singers (left to right) Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette and Glen Campbell in central London for a news cinference to launch their "Unforgettable" tour around Britain. Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died aged 81.
File photo dated 4/11/1977 of American singing star Kenny Rogers at London's Heathrow airport when he arrived with his two favourite ladies - his bride of a few weeks, television star Marianne Gordon (left) and Crystal Gayle. Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died aged 81.
Oct 24, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Kenny Rogers gets his marker on the Music City Walk of Fame at Walk of Fame Park Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV/ The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK
Oct 24, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Fan Jody Santek of Michigan awaits the start of the ceremony when Kenny Rogers gets his marker on the Music City Walk of Fame at Walk of Fame Park Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV/ The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK
Dec 13, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Kenny Rogers (left) and Dolly Parton share a moment at the pre-taping for the ÒDolly PartonÕs Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund". Mandatory Credit: Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Dec 13, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Kenny Rogers (right) and Dolly Parton rehearses at the pre-taping for the Dolly Partons Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund". Mandatory Credit: Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
06 November 2013 - Nashville, Tennessee - Kenny Rogers. 47th CMA Awards, Country Music's Biggest Night, held at Bridgestone Arena. Photo Credit: Dara-Michelle Farr/AdMedia/Sipa USA
06 June 2013 - Nashville, Tennessee - Zac Brown, Kenny Rogers. 2013 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concert held at LP Field. Photo Credit: Mike Strasinger/AdMedia/Sipa USA
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Rogers, who also enjoyed success in partnership with Dolly Parton, had announced a farewell tour in 2015 but continued performing until 2017.

The multiple Grammy winner, who played the legends slot at Glastonbury in 2013, had planned further performances but called off the shows in April 2018 due to unspecified "health challenges".

He said in a statement at the time: "I've thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years.

"I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they've given me throughout my career and the happiness I've experienced as a result of that."

Born and raised in Houston, Rogers's trademark gravelly voice helped bring him 20 solo single number ones on the US country charts between 1977-87.

Two of those songs – his duet of Islands In The Stream with Parton and his remake of Lionel Richie's Lady – also hit the top of the pop charts.

Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and gained a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year.

As tributes to Rogers began to flow in, singer Richard Marx tweeted: "I'm so sad to see Kenny Rogers go. He did so much for me as a young songwriter and we stayed friends for over 30 years.

"I'll really miss him. May he rest easy."

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