Blake Shelton & Other Music Artists Mourn Country Legend Kenny Rogers after His Recent Death at 81
On Saturday morning, Kenny Rogers’ family revealed in a social media statement that the country singer had passed away the previous night. Since the news came out, the country music world has taken to social media to mourn his death.
According to Rogers’ family, the country music legend passed away “peacefully at home from natural causes.” His family shared that he was “under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family” when he died.
Blake Shelton pays tribute
Referencing Rogers’ hit song “The Gambler,” Shelton concluded writing: “He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler…” Wynonna Judd also mourned the Georgia resident by sharing a photo where she and Rogers stood next to Lionel Richie.
Wynonna Judd mourns Rogers
Aldean & Cyrus say goodbye to Kenny
Jason Aldean also paid tribute to the late star and shared a throwback image of Rogers. Billy Ray Cyrus took to Instagram where he uploaded a photo of himself with Rogers and others.
I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler...— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 21, 2020
Morgan Evans pays tribute in song
Morgan Evans shared a video where he sang a song to honor the legendary country musician. In the caption of the post, he noted how Rogers would be missed.
Other stars who mourned Rogers
Richard Marx, Charlie Daniels, Patton Oswalt, Travis Tritt, and Kelsea Ballerini, all shared notes to honor the late singer. "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts also paid tribute to Rogers via Instagram.
Robin Roberts shares Kenny Rogers memory
Roberts was a country music DJ early on in her career. In her tribute, she recalled how she would often play his music during her shifts.
Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum also released a tribute to Rogers. They stated how the legendary musician had left his mark on country music’s history.
Thank you Kenny Rogers for being a part of our lives for so long. Your songs are woven into the fabric of our memories, classics, that will live on in the musical heart of a world that will miss you so much.— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) March 21, 2020
Rest in peace Gambler
A small funeral for the star
The organization also shared their condolences with his family. Rogers’ family plans on having a small and private funeral service for him.
I was on an episode of Reno 911! where I played a crazed stalker who shoots Kenny Rogers. The cast loved him, he told great stories, and was a joy to be around. And “The Gambler” is a truly great song. #RIPKennyRogers— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 21, 2020
Rogers’ first wife
They do, however, hope to have a larger memorial later on. The star was married five times in his life. His first marriage was to Janice Gordon and they had a daughter before they divorced in 1960.
I’m very sad to learn that @_KennyRogers has passed away. Kenny was a friend who helped me in so many ways early on. He was always funny, kind and full of advice. Kenny’s legacy of great music will live on forever. My deepest condolences to Wanda & family. #RIPKennyRogers pic.twitter.com/lZo6XI3yma— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) March 21, 2020
His second and third marriage
The musician’s second wife was Jean Rogers, and they didn’t have any children before divorcing in 1963. The following year, Rogers married Margo Anderson and they had one son before their marriage ended in 1976.
😔 one of the greatest songwriters and voices of our genre. sad day in music. https://t.co/trUNTop8Se— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) March 21, 2020
Kenny’s fourth & last marriage
He also had and another son with Marianne Gordon, whom he married in 1977 and divorced in 1993. His last wife was Wanda Miller whom he married in 1997.
Rogers’ upcoming TV special
The couple had twin sons and stayed together until his passing. Before Rogers passed on, it was revealed that he, Parton, and Willie Nelson would be the subjects of upcoming TV specials.
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. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020
Dates for the TV specials
“Biography: Dolly” will premiere on Sunday, April 12, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET, “Biography: Kenny Rogers” will debut on Monday, April 13, 2020, at 9:00 p.m. ET. “Wille Nelson: An American Outlaw,” a tribute concert, will premiere on Monday, April 13, 2020, at 9 p.m. ET.
All of the shows will air on the A&E Network.