Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies

Kenny Rogers performs at Nissan Stadium during the 2017 CMA Music Festival. Photo by Richard Gabriel Ford/Getty Images

Representatives for Kenny Rogers confirm that the musician died on Friday night. 

The statement that was also shared on social media read: “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.”

Rogers embarked on a farewell tour in 2015. In April 2018 he announced that he was having to call it off due to health challenges.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on “The Gambler’s Last Deal” tour,” he said at the time. “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.”

Rogers is best known for hits such as “The Gambler,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream.”