Kenny Rogers, the interesting, gritty voice behind such ’70s and ’80s pop and nation hits as “The Gambler,” “Girl” and “Islands in the Stream,” has died at age 81.
Rogers “handed away peacefully at dwelling from pure causes below the care of hospice and surrounded by his household,” a rep for the singer informed Selection.
In deference to the COVID-19 emergency, the household is holding a small, personal service, although a public memorial will likely be held in the future.
The bearded, prematurely grey singer was before everything a rustic star, notching 20 solo 45s to the high of the nation charts between 1977 and 1987, Selection famous.
His 1978 nation hit “The Gambler” consists of the lyrics, “Crushed out his cigarette, and pale off to sleep/And someplace in the darkness, The Gambler, he broke even/However in his closing phrases I discovered an ace that I might preserve.”
Rogers’ largest pop/crossover hits have been “Girl” in 1980 and “Islands in the Stream,” a duet with Dolly Parton from 1983.
The star had been hospitalized for dehydration final Spring. He introduced his retirement in 2017.