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Country music legend Kenny Rodgers has died at the age of 81.
He “died peacefully at home from natural causes,” a family spokesman said.
Kenny Rodgers topped the pop and country charts in the 70s and 80s and won three Grammy Awards.
Famous for his hoarse voice and ballads, including Lusil,, The Gambler, and The coward of the county, his career spans more than six decades.
Kenny Rodgers once summed up his popularity, explaining that he believed that his songs “say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear.”
Growing up in poverty at a federal housing estate in Houston, Texas, Kenny Rodgers began recording with a series of bands before beginning his solo career in 1976.
Kenny Rodgers has never been a favorite of music critics, but has become one of the most successful crossover acts of all time and the 10th best-selling male artist in US history in terms of album sales.
Throughout his career, the musician has collaborated with other country music legends, including Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.
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In 2007, Kenny Rodgers unexpectedly found himself in the spotlight again in the UK when The gambler became the unofficial anthem of the Rugby World Cup in England.
That same year, Kenny Rodgers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received an award for overall achievement from the Country Music Association.
An avid businessman, the singer has led several ventures over the years, mainly in the real estate and restaurant sectors.
Kenny Rodgers has also appeared in several films and television shows, including starring in a 1982 race car driver. Six packages.
The country music legend has been married five times and had five children.