The music industry lost a legend when Kenny Rogers recently passed away, and Donny Osmond paid tribute to the man who brought "unforgettable music and light" to the world.
Kenny Rogers' family shared the news of his passing in an announcement on March 20, saying that he was at home when he "peacefully" slipped away while under the care of hospice.
Kenny Rogers performs during the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images.
Known for his hits including, "Islands in The Stream," which he famously sang with Dolly Parton, "Lady," "The Gambler," and "Lucille," another entertainment legend, Donny Osmond, paid tribute to Kenny on Saturday.
In his heartfelt post, Donny Osmond shared that he will miss Kenny "dearly" and added:
"Thank you for the unforgettable music and light you shared with this world. Rest In peace, dear friend. Our prayers are with the Rogers family."
Kenny's family will hold a small and private service due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a public celebration of his life will follow "at a later date."
According to the 81-year-old's ex-wife, Marianne Gordon, Kenny became depressed in recent years, and said that their son Chris thought he "associated retirement with death."
The country singer had surgery to repair a heart valve about two years ago, and Marianne said during an interview that he "got an infection," which caused his health to go "downhill."
"I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend, but above all I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend.”
Country singer Blake Shelton found it hard to express in words how Kenny impacted his life - not just as an artist but also as a man. Sharing that Kenny was always "kind and fun," Blake ended his post with the words, "Rest in peace, Gambler."
While Kenny's family are adhering to current advice on self-quarantine, Donny reminded of the "unifying power" of music since social distancing is causing anxiety.
Emploring on everyone to commit to self-isolation, he also offered ideas on healthy ways to keep the body and mind occupied, as activities such as meditation, dance, listening to music, reading, or talking to loved ones over the phone can help reduce fear and help keep a positive mindset.
Marie Osmond is cooking up a storm to keep busy amid the coronavirus spread. Joined by her daughter Rachael and her granddaughter, Rocket Jade, they made delicious treats.
Sharing quality time spent with her family, Marie also divulged preparations for making "chocolate-covered raspberries" as a healthy treat, and she made sure to remind followers of the importance of regular hand-washing.
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