Kenny Rogers dies, aged 81

Kenny Rogers dies, aged 81

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The country music legend was surrounded by family when he passed.

Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81 due to natural causes. The news was announced by his family on Twitter this evening.

A beloved singer, songwriter, actor and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rogers is widely recognised for bringing country music to a mainstream audience.

With a career spanning over 60 years and a huge range of hits including ‘The Gambler’, ‘Lucille’ and ‘Coward Of The County’, Rogers well and truly earned his legendary status.