Family of the late Kenny Rogers is asking fans and those grieving to honor his memory in a way that helps others, specifically music creators and professionals, during this COVID-19 pandemic.
"Several people have asked where donations can be made in Kenny's name," the family wrote in an Instagram post. "We suggest the @recordingacademy & @musiccares COVID-19 Relief Fund to help music creators/professionals without work during the coronavirus pandemic."
The post continues, "Kenny always wholeheartedly supported musicians, crew members & music personnel."
Fans who wish to make a donation in Rogers' name can go here.
Rogers died on Friday night (March 20) at the age of 81-years-old. "The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81," a statement posted on his social media said. "Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."
Blake Shelton, Charlie Daniels, Jake Owen and more are a few country stars who turned to social media to remember Rogers. His longtime friend and music collaborator, Dolly Parton, posted a heartfelt video Saturday morning in remembrance of Rogers.
“I loved Kenny with all my heart, and my heart’s broken and a big ole chunk of it has gone with him today," Parton said in the clip. "And I think I can speak for all his family, his friends, and fans when I say that I will always love you."
Parton and Rogers friendship spans over 30 years. The two have several duets together, including "You Can’t Make Old Friends," "The Greatest Gift of All," "Real Love," the fan-favorite 1983 hit, "Islands In The Stream" and more. They have also recorded several albums together such as Once Upon a Christmas (1984), Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (1999),and Kenny & Dolly (2003).
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