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Country Artists Say Goodbye To “The Gambler”

Kenny Rogers passed away on Friday and all genres are sharing their fond memories.

Dolly Parton shared a touching video on her Instagram during which she grew emotional talking about her “friend and singing partner.” It was a truly a beautiful tribute. She wrote, “You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you.”

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Lionel Richie wrote on Instagram, “Today I lost one of my closest friends. So much laughter so many adventures to remember, my heart is broken. My prayers go out to Kenny’s Family.”

Reba also shared her thoughts on Instagram writing, “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.”


Blake Shelton took to Twitter to share his feelings. He wrote, “I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler…”

Jason Aldean shared, “I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him a few times over the years and I am so grateful to have spent a few moments with him. He was an icon that helped bring in a whole new audience to country music and he forever changed the game for all of us. He will always be missed and remembered….. R.I.P. Gambler”

Carrie Underwood said,  “Country music has lost one of its pillars…sing with the angels and talk to God, Kenny. Bless you for being a part of so many lives…”

Jake Owen expressed his feelings on Instagram in song. He wrote, “I woke up the news of @_KennyRogers passing. It’s not about #1s. It’s about the legacy you leave behind and he was a great man. He changed Country Music and had a voice like no other. Thank you Kenny. Thank you.”

Billy Ray Cyrus added to the tributes writing, “No one bridged the gap between country and pop more often and better than K R. He will be missed but his music and diverse style of story-telling will live on forever.”

Wynonna said,  “One of the greatest examples of integrity I have ever known.  @_KennyRogers was always so very kind to me. Wow. Life is so bittersweet…”

Finally, Charlie Daniels shared, “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”

News of Kenny’s death broke early Saturday, March 21st, when his family shared a post on social media writing, “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”

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