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Blake Shelton & Other Music Artists Mourn Country Legend Kenny Rogers after His Recent Death at 81

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 23, 2020
06:48 A.M.
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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.

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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 was one of the many musicians who paid tribute to him. The country singer wrote on Twitter: “I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me.”

Kenny Rogers announces "All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration" at WME on July 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images

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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.

Blake Shelton at the Musicians On Call 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration on May 31, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

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Wynonna Judd mourns Rogers

She shared how the legendary singer had been “One of the greatest examples of integrity” she had ever known. Judd also recalled how “kind” Rogers had always been to her.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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