American singer "passed away peacefully at home from natural
causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,"
a statement on the singer's website said.
"The family is planning a small private service at this time out
of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency."
Rogers embarked on a world farewell tour in 2016 but in April
2018 he canceled the last few shows citing "a series of health
Rogers, a three-time Grammy winner and a Country Music Hall of
Famer, was best known for songs like "The Gambler" and his 1983
duet with Dolly Parton "Islands in the Stream."
After beginning his career in the 1950s with a jazz group,
Rogers went solo in the 1970s and released his break-through
single "Lucille" in 1977.
(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru and Jill Serjeant in
Los Angeles; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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