The country music community is mourning the loss of Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers. The music icon died “peacefully at home” on Friday (March 20) at the age of 81 years old.
While millions of fans are mourning the loss of “The Gambler,” friends of Rogers’ and fellow artists are paying homage to the musical icon with beautiful tributes.
His longtime friend and frequent collaborator, Dolly Parton, was one of the first to pay tribute to Rogers with a tearful video saying “I will always love you.”
Other stars, including Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Jake Owen, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tracy Lawrence, Jennifer Nettles, LeAnn Rimes and Charles Esten, also took time to pay tribute to the late Kenny Rogers.
Here’s what they had to say:
“With sadness I heard about the passing of a great Hall of Famer. Kenny Rogers was a special treasure to country music and the world. He will be missed by all.” -Randy Owen, ALABAMA
“Thank you Kenny Rogers for being a part of our lives for so long. Your songs are woven into the fabric of our memories — classics, that will live on in the musical heart of a world that will miss you so much. Rest in peace, Gambler.” -Charlie Daniels
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“I love you. Stay in touch. Take care of yourself. And, if you ever start recording again, I want to be there”—kind words from my longtime friend, Kenny Rogers. He was always near when you needed him, with that infectious smile that lit a room. I had the honor of working with Kenny, numerous times, over the last 35 years—each time I was left a better person. The songs he gave us and the friendships he collected, will keep his all in touch with our brother, our hero, our friend. Rest easy, Kenny…we will record again, and you will be there. I love you, too! – Randy Travis
“Kenny Rogers was truly an artist of the highest caliber. As a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and actor, he opened doors and enhanced the careers of many other artists just by recording a song with them. His voice and smooth singing style enabled him to move in and out of different musical genres like walking from one room to the next. But music was not his only creative outlet. He was also an amazing photographer. Rest well my brother, you gave us a lot in this life!” -Ricky Skaggs
“Kenny Rogers was a dear family friend and he was one of the kindest, nicest guys. A true gentleman. I had the privilege sharing the stage with him as well as on screen, in the film Rio Diablo. The Judds were honored to celebrate him a few years ago during his tribute concert. Rest In Peace, Kenny. We love you.” –Naomi Judd
“What a career, what a talent, what a legacy. Now this world is left with a big shadow, center stage where Kenny Rogers stood. No one else can take his place. Now he’s taken his place amongst the Heavenly stars. It’s a very sad day for all of us. But God is smiling. Rest easy my friend.” –Tanya Tucker
“The world has lost a great artist and interpreter of songs. I had the honor of announcing his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and was thrilled when I realized how much it meant to him. Even after all the other honors he had won, he was truly excited about this one. His accomplishments will live forever.” –Bill Anderson
“In a time such as the days we are living through, Kenny Rogers embraces a known bright tomorrow. He left the pain in this world and has moved onto the shores of the everlasting. To his family we send our deepest condolences.” -Marty Raybon, Shenandoah
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Kenny, Go rest high on that mountain. Please tell mama and daddy hi for me. Thank you for your friendship and your love. We are going to miss you but we are so happy you’re singing with the Angels in heaven. Can’t wait to see you again one of these days. Rest in peace my friend.
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