Country music icon Kenny Rogers dies aged 81

Country music icon Kenny Rogers dies aged 81

The country music singer Kenny Rogers has passed away at the age of 81.

According to a report by BBC News, a representative of the American musician's family confirmed the news to the press last night, stating that he allegedly "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes".

Take a look at this news report on the singer's death:

Rogers headed the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s, and was the recipient of three Grammy awards, best known for tracks such as  The Gambler, Lucille, Coward Of The County, and I Just Dropped In, which was famously part of the soundtrack for the Coen brothers comedy film The Big Lebowski.

Born in 1938, Rogers grew up on federal housing estate in Houston. As a young man, he began recording with a string of bands, including Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, before launching a solo career in 1976.

An image of Kenny Rogers. Credit: PA Images

His success led to him being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and his record sales gave him the opportunity to branch out into  the property and the restaurant sectors. He also appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, even starring as a race car driver in the 1982 movie Six Pack.

Per BBC News, in their statement, his family claimed that Rogers had: "left an indelible mark on the history of American music".