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April 08, 2020

Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker Pay Moving Tribute to Late Country Star Kenny Rogers at ACM Special

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Fans of country music continue to mourn the tragic loss of legendary musician Kenny Rogers. Now, some of the top artists today have come out to honor the man and thank him for being such an inspiration to many. 

Earlier this week, several country performers gathered together virtually for the "ACM Presents: Our Country" music session. For their performance, country stars Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker paid a beautiful tribute to the late Mr. Rogers. 

Brad and Darius performed two of Kenny's greatest hits, "The Gambler" and "Lucille." Both men provided a beautiful rendition of the song, as they wowed listeners and fans and treated everyone to some nostalgia. 


Kenny Rogers and his wife Wanda Miller at the retro premiere of the Dolly Parton movie "9 to 5" in 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Kenny died of natural causes on March 20. He was 81 years old at the time of his death, and while he died of natural causes, there were some underlying health issues in the past.


Last year, the legendary musician was taken to the hospital after he consistently suffered from dehydration. Several media outlets speculated that he had passed away at the time, but he denounced the rumors.


With all of that, his death became even more tragic.  A statement by the late country singer's family released at the time of his death revealed his demise. It read,

"The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes..."

Several country stars have come out to celebrate Kenny and his inspiration in their lives. Earlier this month, Kelly Clarkson paid her tribute to him from her home with a sweet rendition of "Sweet Music Man," another of Kenny's many hits.


Also, Country Music Television recently announced that it would air "CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares," where they honored Kenny and also raised funds for the coronavirus. 

Retirement had affected Kenny, and he started to feel depressed after he retired.


The show will have some A-list headliners, including Dolly Patron, Lionel Richie, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Jennifer Nettles, Amanda Shies, and more. 

While we do know that Kenny died, some new details have surfaced about his mental health. Last month, Kenny's ex-wife, Marianne Gordon, explained in an interview that he felt like his life was over close to his death. 

In the interview, Marianne explained that retirement had affected Kenny, and he started to feel depressed after he retired. She explained that while the sense of humor was still there, Kenny was noticeably depressed. This, coupled with multiple ailments, was probably too much for the late star to handle.