American country music legend Kenny Rogers has passed away at the age of 81.

A statement from Rogers' family said that the singer "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes, under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."

Rogers came to prominence in the late '70s and topped both the country and pop charts, eventually winning three Grammys.

Rogers' best known songs include 'The Gambler', 'Lucille', 'Coward of the County', and his smash-hit duet with Dolly Parton, 'Islands In The Stream'. In 2013, Rogers played the legends' slot at Glastonbury for two days, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame that same year. As recently as 2017, Rogers was on tour and performing to audiences.

As a musician and singer, Rogers was steadfastly in the genre of country - despite his crossover hits in the '70s and '80s. In 2015, Rogers explained his thinking. "You either do what everyone else is doing and you do it better, or you do what no one else is doing and you don't invite comparison."

Rogers is survived by his five children, and grandchildren.