American country singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81.

His family announced he passed away peacefully at his home from natural causes.

Rogers’s entertainment career spanned more than six decades, with chart-topping hits including The Gambler and Islands In The Stream.

His family is planning a small private service out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic, and will celebrate his life publicly with friends and fans at a later date.

The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records and won three Grammys.

He was also the star of TV movies based on The Gambler and other songs, making him a superstar in the 1970s and ’80s.

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