(FinancialHealth.net) – Kenny Rogers was a legend. His beautiful, soulful voice made people swoon for more than six decades. Sadly, on March 20, 2020, the singer passed away surrounded by his family. Fans all over the world are mourning the loss of a man who was known for so much more than his music.
Rogers’ family let the world know about his passing in a Twitter message.
The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. https://t.co/adxAgiMW2s pic.twitter.com/nggWiiotMT
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) March 21, 2020
The singer began his musical career in his Houston, TX high school, when he played in a band dubbed the Scholars. He put out a few singles following high school and during a short stint at the University of Texas. None of them really caught on. In 1968, Rogers and his band, the First Edition, had their first hit.
The rest is musical history.
Twenty-one of Rogers’ songs hit number one on the Billboard Chart. He had nearly 40 Top 10 Hit songs throughout his career. His song “The Gambler” was the inspiration for the TV movie series starring him.
The singer was even on the original, 1985, charity single recording of “We Are the World.” The three-time Grammy winner wasn’t just a singer — he was also incredibly generous.
Some of his charity work included supporting:
- Hands Across America to raise awareness for homelessness and hunger in the ’80s
- Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
- Small Steps Project
- Red Cross
- Human rights
- Disaster relief
On March 22, Kenny’s family left a message on his verified Facebook page asking people to donate to COVID-19 relief and other charities. A final act of kindness in his name. In a time of such turbulence, the world will miss his kindness and his voice.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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