After Country Icon Kenny Rogers Passed Away, Dolly Parton Paid Him A Moving Tribute Online

The country music world lost one of its biggest-ever male stars in 2020 when Kenny Rogers passed away at his Georgia home. A whole host of tributes poured in for the man who also enjoyed success as an actor, producer, and businessman. But three years later, it was the heartfelt tribute from Dolly Parton — his “Islands in the Stream” duet partner — that had everyone reaching for the tissues.

Gone but not forgotten

Rogers had been largely absent from the spotlight in the two years leading up to his death. The star had been forced to cut short his The Gambler’s Last Deal farewell tour in 2018 due to ill health. His final live performance came at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in October 2017 where he was accompanied by a whole host of star names including Billy Currington and Lionel Richie.

The announcement that sent the country world into mourning

In March 2020 the news emerged that Rogers had died aged 81 at his home in the Georgian city of Silver Springs. The singer’s family revealed that they’d been present at the time he passed away from natural causes. They also confirmed that Rogers had been receiving hospice care prior to his death.

Left an indelible legacy

Keith Hagan, who had been Rogers’ publicist for 15 years, wrote in an official statement that his client would be sorely missed. Fans and loved ones agreed. He said, “Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.”

Funeral plans scuppered

Rogers’ family wasn’t immediately able to give him the send-off they would have liked, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, they revealed that they’d still be initially organizing an intimate service to mark his passing. And the singer’s nearest and dearest also stated that they’d plan a more public celebration of his life in the future.