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Kenny Rogers dies at age 81

By JOHN LEGASPI

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Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Kenny Rogers has died, according to a relative who confirmed through a statement that Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.” He was 81.

Rogers’ music career started in the late ’50s with jazz singer Bobby Doyle. He joined the folk ensemble The New Christy Minstrel in 1961 and then later he became part of  the group The First Edition. Went he went solo, he collaborated with other artists such as Dolly PartonSheena Easton, and Lionel Richie. It was his 1978 song “The Gambler” that won him his first Grammy.

Apart from his music, Rogers also founded the famous food chain Kenny Rogers Roasters in 1991.

In 2015, the country singer announced his farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Let Deal.” In August 2016, he visited the Philippines for his first and last concert in the country.  “Through the Years,” “You Decorated My Life,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Lucille” are among his many songs that have become Pinoy favorites and also karaoke staples.

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Rogers’ family will conduct an intimate private service and a public memorial for a later date.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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