- Kenny Rogers passed away last week. He was 81 years old.
- Country stars like Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood are paying tribute to the late singer on social media.
The music world lost a legend when Kenny Rogers died on Thursday. According to his family, he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice." The beloved singer was 81.
Now, country artists are coming together to mourn his loss and honor his legacy on social media.
Kenny's "Islands in the Stream" collaborator and friend Dolly Parton posted a heartfelt tribute to Instagram following the news of his death.
"You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone," Dolly wrote alongside an emotional video in which she struggled to hold back tears. "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."
Superstar Reba McEntire shared a similar sentiment.
"Kenny, Go rest high on that mountain. Please tell mama and daddy hi for me. Thank you for your friendship and your love," she captioned a photo of herself and the late singer. "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."
The younger generation of country music also spoke out, with artists like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Blake Shelton calling Kenny a "pillar" of the genre and thanking him for the impact he had on their lives.
"Dear Kenny. Can’t believe I ever got to know you," Luke wrote. "Your music and movies shaped my life. A true country music superstar."
"Country music has lost one of its pillars...sing with the angels and talk to God, Kenny," Carrie captioned her post. "Bless you for being a part of so many lives..."
"I can’t express on twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me," Blake tweeted. "He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler..."
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...— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 21, 2020
We'll miss you, Kenny. ❤️
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