Country Artists Respond To News Of Kenny Rogers’ Passing

(Left) The Oak Ridge Boys / Twitter/(Right) Reba McEntire / Instagram

Country music just lost one of its legends…Kenny Rogers.

Rogers’ family issued a statement on social media saying that “The Gambler” singer passed away on Friday (March 20). He was 81 years old.

Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” the statement read.

Rogers retired in 2017 after enjoying a decades-long career. Although he started off singing songs that were more rock-leaning, he was primarily known for being a country singer.

He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, received three Grammy Awards, and had 24 chart-topping hits. Just a few of those hit songs include “Islands in the Stream,” “Lady,” and “We’ve Got Tonight.”

Rogers collaborated with many other country stars over the course of his career, including Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Alison Krauss, and Dottie West.

Needless to say, the country music community was devastated when they woke up on Saturday morning (March 21) and learned that Rogers passed away. Many artists took to social media to pay tribute to Rogers with pictures and kind words.

You can see some responses to Rogers’ death below. We have included posts from artists as well as some venues and organizations relevant to the country music community.

Crystal Gayle

Wynonna Judd

Bridgestone Arena

Reba McEntire


Blake Shelton

Jamey Johnson

The Country Music Hall of Fame

The Oak Ridge Boys

Travis Tritt


Jake Owen

Tracy Lawrence

Home Free

Zac Brown Band

Charles Esten

Charles Kelley

Bellamy Brothers

Chuck Wicks

Jay DeMarcus

Jason Aldean

Carrie Underwood

Kid Rock

Little Big Town

Travis Tritt

Brad Paisley


One of the most heartbreaking reactions to Rogers’ death came from his frequent duet partner, Dolly Parton. While clutching a photograph of her and Rogers in her hands, Parton spoke to her fans in a video she shared on social media:

I loved Kenny with all my heart…And my heart is broken,” she said. “A big ol’ chunk of it has gone with him today. I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends, and fans, when I say that I will always love you.”

You can watch Parton’s response to Rogers’ death in the video below.

We too, join Parton in sending our prayers to Rogers’ family and friends. May he rest in peace.