Kenny Rogers performs during the 50th anniversary show from the studios of Voice of America on June 19, 2015, in Washington, D.C. 

Country music legend Kenny Rogers, the congenial, silver-bearded crooner of "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream" and "Lady," has died of natural causes at age 81. Rogers' verified Twitter account announced the news in a statement late Friday.

"The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81," it read. "Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."

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