Country music legend Kenny Rogers is being treated in hospital following a health scare, his team have confirmed in a statement.
The 80-year-old singer, famed for hits including ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Islands In The Stream’, was admitted to a hospital in Georgia after suffering serious dehydration and will now remain there to try and build his strength back up through physical therapy.
In a statement shared on his social media profiles, his team confirmed he “plans on sticking around through the years to come”.
“Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration,” the statement read.
“He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge. He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come.”
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Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers: Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration. He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge. He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come.
His team added that they were releasing the statement publicly to stop rumours around the singer’s health from getting out of hand – after “recent wild misinformation and speculation”. Some media outlets had even claimed the singer was ‘near death’ – a claim his team’s statement has now shot down.
The musician confirmed he was retiring in 2017, telling Fox News at the time that he’d always promised he’d retire when he felt his shows weren’t up to scratch.
“Every day is not a holiday. You get out there [and] it’s hard, hard work. I can’t do it like I used to do it,” Rogers told the news outlet. “And I swore that I’d do this until I started embarrassing myself.”
And he said when he means he’s retiring, he’s definitely retiring – there will be no comebacks.
“That’s always been kind of a rub with me when people retire 10 times,” he added. “I’m going out because I need to go out and I’m going to enjoy my time at home with my wife and kids. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.”
Fans have shared their best wishes online, with one writing: “The Gambler ain’t cashing out any time soon.”
While another added: “I pray you recover quickly Kenny we all love you,” and one wrote: “Love you Kenny, Hope you are feeling better and get back home soon!”