He was 81 years old...

Country icon Kenny Rogers has died.

The songwriter enjoyed several decades of success, becoming one of country's most glittering stars.

Born in Houston, Texas, he would move past his humble origins to sell more than 100 million records across the globe.

Hits include 'Islands In The Stream' with Dolly Parton, and the internationally success evergreen smash 'The Gambler'.

The singer's family shared a statement with fans, indicating that he died of natural causes at home. He was 81 years old.

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