Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers: pic.twitter.com/hUhCKgZQdY
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers) May 31, 2019
A statement posted Friday said he would remain there for physical therapy to “get his strength back” before being discharged. The statement said the 80-year-old singer and actor appreciated the well wishes from fans and wanted to assure everyone that “he plans on sticking around through the years to come.”
The country balladeer retired from touring in 2017 after a 60-year career spanning jazz, folk, country and pop, with hits like “The Gambler,” ”Lucille” and “Lady.”
While Rogers’ has gone strong for many years, many were heartbroken when he decided to cancel his last tour due to health complications. He had scheduled one last world tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” with several dates listed for venues across the country, however; the cancellation came as a result of his doctor’s urging.
“Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges,” the release reads. “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.”
The release also includes a statement from Rogers.
“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” he 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.”
“The Gambler’s Last Deal” was to be the 79-year-old’s farewell tour.
Since April 2018, there has been no news from Kenny or his management on his health issues until his recent hospitalization. Some people who claim to be close to the singer have stated he had bladder cancer though this has never been confirmed. Since canceling his farewell tour Kenny has stayed away from the limelight and has not appeared in public. We are praying for Kenny and hope he comes through whatever he is health concerns he is struggling with.