Kenny Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, has died at age 81, a representative says.
The American country music singer and songwriter is understood to have passed away peacefully at his home.
Rogers was known for hits including Islands in the Stream, a song recorded with long-time friend Dolly Parton.
The musician won three Grammys for songs including The Gambler in 1979 and Make No Mistake, She's Mine in 1987. Rogers was also nominated for 19 of the prestigious awards.
A spokesperson for Rogers' family released a statement to announce the star's death to his fans around the world.
"The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10.25pm at the age of 81,"the said.
"Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
"In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.
The spokesperson said Rogers' chart-topping hits including Lady, Lucille, She Believes In Me, and Through the Years were just a handful of his songs that had inspired generations of artists and fans alike.
"Rogers, with 24 number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time Grammy winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the Favorite Singer of All Time in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People," the spokesperson said.
"The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national Covid-19 emergency.
"They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date."
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 under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.