When country legend Kenny Rogers died, his loved ones weren’t able to hold a proper memorial service for the star until two years later. Keep reading to find out why his family and friends couldn’t reunite in the wake of his death and how some of his famous friends have paid their respects in the meantime.
Kenny Rogers reached epic heights of fame before his death
Rogers was born in Houston, Texas on August 21, 1938. He was one of eight children in a family that grew up in a public housing estate. After attending a Ray Charles concert in his youth, he decided he wanted to pursue music. Eventually, he found massive success as a country music artist, often teaming up for duets with Dolly Parton.
According to Country Music Hall of Fame, “Kenny Rogers transformed a distinct, raspy voice and laid-back sex appeal into an enduring superstar. Between 1977 and 1987, he scored twenty No. 1 country hits, many of which also climbed the pop charts.
But after 70 years of career, Rogers began to end it in 2017. It was then that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer, by The Washington Post.
A memorial service for Kenny Rogers was held 2 years after his death
Rogers died at age 81 in Sandy Springs, Georgia on March 20, 2020. A shared statement about his Twitter read: “Rogers passed away peacefully at home of natural causes under hospice care and surrounded by family.”
His wife of 22 years, Wanda Miller, survived him. This marriage was his fifth and he had five children between them.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has prevented a proper memorial service for the country legend until 2022. Finally, on the second anniversary of his death, a small group gathered at the cemetery in Oakland to Atlanta, Georgia to pay tribute to the country. Legend.
Dolly Parton was heartbroken after the death of Kenny Rogers
Following news of her duet partner’s death, Parton shared some of her grief with fans in a video. She said she turned on the news to see what the coronavirus was doing and learned that her dear friend had died.
“I know we all know Kenny is in a better place than us today and I’m pretty sure he’s gonna talk to God someday today…and he’s gonna ask him to shed some light on a bunch of that darkness,” the “Jolene” singer said.
“I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken. A big chunk of that went with him today,” she continued. At one point, she tearfully held up a picture of the two of them together and said she wanted to share it with fans.
Reba McEntire, who credits Rogers with saving her sanity after her band’s plane crash, wrote about her instagram, “Kenny, go rest high on that mountain. Please say hello to mom and dad for me. Thank you for your friendship and your love.
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