Country music star Kenny Rogers has cancelled all the remaining dates on his farewell tour due to a "series of health challenges".

The 79-year-old award-winning singer has been advised by his doctors to step back from performing so that he can recuperate after ""working through a series of health challenges".

In statement Roger told fans that he "didn’t want to take forever to retire".

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
Two country legends: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

He added: "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."

Rogers, who is best known for hits including Lady and The Gambler and his duet Islands In The Stream with Dolly Parton, was due to perform in venues across America in April, May and June before heading to the UK.

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He announced his farewell tour in 2015, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his wife Wanda and their twin sons.

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