American country music legend Kenny Rogers has died aged 81. A family representative said he “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes”.
Rogers topped pop and country charts during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards.
Known for ballads including The Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County, his career spanned more than six decades.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and, that same year, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.
A keen businessman, Rogers also led several ventures over the years, mainly in property and the restaurant sector.
Kenneth Ray Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur.
He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he was most successful with country audiences, Rogers charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.