Recently, legendary country music singer Kenny Rogers has decided to end his farewell tour early. The 79-year-old has been having "a series of health challenges" lately.
“Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges,” his publicist told PEOPLE in a statement. “His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, but they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation.”
Rogers' tour ends in June with stops still left on the schedule in Nevada, California, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York, and Louisiana.
He announced his retirement in 2015, and for the past two years he's been around the globe on his farewell tour, "The Gambler's Last Deal," which was named after his 1979 signature song, "The Gambler."
“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on The Gambler’s Last Deal tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”
His millions of fans are saddened by the news, but will always cherish his talents. His big hits include, "Islands In The Stream," "Through the Years," "Lady," and "Lucille."
Rogers has had a six-decade career dating back to the 1950s. Over his successful career, he's been awarded with three Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, and has a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“I’m sure I will miss it. I swore that I would do this until I embarrassed myself,” he said. “I’m getting to where I don’t walk around well. My mobility is really driving me crazy.”
Check out Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's last duet below:
If you'd like to add some of Kenny Roger's hits to your music collection, check out his CD's below:
"Greatest Country Hits" - Buy Here
"Number Ones" - Buy Here
"21 Number Ones" - Buy Here
Please keep Kenny Rogers in your prayers and that he gets to enjoy the rest of his time with his family.
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