Tributes have been pouring in for the late country music icon Kenny Rogers, who has died at the age of 81.
Dolly Parton, who collaborated with Rogers on Islands In The Stream, posted a video on Twitter expressing her sadness that her "friend and singing partner" had died.
"You never know how much you love somebody until they're gone," Parton said.
"I've had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend."
You never know how much you love somebody until they're gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. pic.twitter.com/hIQLIvt8pr— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 21, 2020
The Grammys official Twitter led the tributes, saying they are "forever grateful" to Rogers.
Boy George thanked Rogers in his tribute, remembering a time when he played Islands In The Stream for the late George Michael.
Thanks Kenny Rogers. R.I.P. I played this 45 in the chill out room at a rave called Pushca and George Michael was swinging to it. Fond memories! https://t.co/gdZysC8xC5— Boy George (Boomer) (@BoyGeorge) March 21, 2020
The Golden Globes hailed him as an "icon" and Piers Morgan labelled him "one of the all-time great country music stars and an utterly charming man."
George Takei said his "voice will be missed."
Thank you for the tunes, Kenny Rogers. Your voice will be missed by those of us still here at the table. https://t.co/1cH3NVbLdr— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 21, 2020
Matt Lucas sent a simple tweet of thanks for Rogers "beautiful music".
Thank you Kenny Rogers for your beautiful music— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) March 21, 2020
Very sorry to learn of the passing of country music legend Kenny Rogers. There are so many Rogers clasics that I still know by heart - The Gambler, Lucille, Daytime Friends and Nighttime Lovers (my personal favorite) to name just a few.#RIPKennyRogershttps://t.co/tcgXgZvLr4— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) March 21, 2020
I was on an episode of Reno 911! where I played a crazed stalker who shoots Kenny Rogers. The cast loved him, he told great stories, and was a joy to be around. And "The Gambler" is a truly great song. #RIPKennyRogers— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 21, 2020
I know it's part of life but it doesn't make it any easier, first my friend Glen Campbell now Kenny Rogers, A sad lose for me and many fans. RIP Kenny. A good man. A good friend.— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) March 21, 2020