Archive photo from March 19, 2017 showing American country singer Kenny Rogers during a farewell tour concert in Austin, Texas. - SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP

Country music star Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned more than 60 years, died at the age of 81, his family announced Friday night to Saturday. "Rogers left peacefully, at home, of natural death, accompanied by palliative care and surrounded by his family," his relatives said in a press release.

The family said they were organizing an intimate and small-scale ceremony "unrelated to the national emergency linked to Covid-19".

24 times at the top of the hit parade

The Texas-born singer was known for a series of hits like The Gambler , Lucille and Islands in the Stream . The one who won a Grammy three times had canceled for health reasons the last dates of his farewell tour in 2018.

His career had started in the late 1950s, and he quickly became a benchmark in rockabilly, jazz and other genres which he reinterpreted in his country style. His hits occupied the top of the charts 24 times, and this member of the “Country Music Hall of Fame” had won six “Country Music Awards”.

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Her gentle ballads and incessant tours had earned her a reputation as a popular pop artist, notably through her reinterpretations of Christmas songs.

Kenny Rogers had gained fame thanks to his duets with the country singer Dolly Parton, and his appearances in movies, cinema and television as well as on The Muppet Show.

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