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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9135382a) This photo shows country music artist Kenny Rogers at The Hot Seat in Nashville, Tenn. Rogers' latest album, "You Can't Make Old Friends," was released on Oct. 8 People Kenny Rogers, Nashville, USA

BREAKING! Country music star, Kenny Rogers dies

Longtime star of country music, Kenny Rogers has  died, according to a statement posted by his family.  Kenny Rogers died on Friday night at the age of 81 .

Known for such hits as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “Lucille,” Rogers died peacefully at home of natural causes at 10:25 p.m., the statement said.

In all, Rogers had 24 No. 1 hits and was the winner of six CMA Awards and three Grammy awards, the family’s statement said.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2013 he received the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Variety.

Early in his career, Rogers led the band Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, whose hits included the Mel Tillis-written song, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

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