Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, died at the age of 81, his family said on Friday.
“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes, in the care of a hospital and surrounded by his family,” they said in a statement.
The family said it was planning a small private service “out of concern for the national emergency of COVID-19”.
A three-time Grammy winner, Rogers was known for a number of hits, including “The Gambler”, “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream”.
In 2018, Rogers canceled the final dates of his farewell tour due to ill health.
Born in Texas, Rogers started his career in the late 1950s and quickly became active in rockabilly, jazz and other genres that he brought to his country style.
He went on to have 24 number one hits, was a six-time winner of the Country Music Awards and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
His smooth ballads and constant tours have earned him popular appeal, as well as his popular views on Christmas standards.
Rogers also gained prominence through his collaboration with Dolly Parton and appearances in films and television shows, including “The Muppet Show”.