Dolly Parton mourns Kenny Rodgers

by Mwaura Felix


As the world continues to mourn Kenny Rogers who died Friday night, singing partner Dolly Parton described how heartbroken she was learning the news.

“You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend”, wrote Parton on her twitter handle.

Kenneth Ray Rogers was born August 21st, 1938, was the fourth born of eight children. He was raised in the San Felipe Courts, a public-housing project in Houston’s Fourth Ward where he was exposed to jazz, R&B to pop and country playing guitar.

“I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up and turned on the television checking to see what the coronavirus was doing and they told me my friend and singing partner Kenny Rodgers had passed away and I know that we all know Kenny is in a better place than we are today but I am pretty sure he is going to be talking to God sometime of the day if he is not already and he will be asking him to spread some light on parts of this darkness going on here”, said Parton in a video shared on the same.

He will be remembered for hits as “Lucille,” “Lady,”  “Islands in the Stream” and “The Gambler”.

“I loved Kenny with all my heart and my heart is broken and I think that I can speak for all of his family, his friends and fans when I say will always love you. Fly high and to the rest of you keep faith”, teary Parton concluded.

He was 81 years.

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