JUST IN: Country music legend, Kenny Rogers dies aged 81

Country music legend Kenny Rogers has died at 81, according to his family.

A statement said: “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10.25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”

Rogers had a career that spanned more than six decades.

His family added in a statement: “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.”

Country historian Bill C. Malone told Variety: “Rogers is a consummate story-teller, with an intimate and compelling style that almost demands the listener’s concentration.

“When his husky tenor voice slips down into a raspy, gravelly register, as it sometimes does, Rogers pulls the listener even further into his confidence.”