Kenny Rogers responded strongly on Friday to reports that he's on death's door. While his representative confirmed that he has been admitted to a Georgia hospital for dehydration, they corrected the "wild misinformation" that he is dying.
"Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers," his reps write.
The statement continued, "Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration. Rogers 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."
Radar Online reported on May 29 that bladder cancer had forced Rogers to retire. They also claimed that he was selling off his assets and saying goodbye to friends and family in preparation for passing away.
The tabloid gossip site even claimed that he recently placed a goodbye phone call to his longtime friend and frequent duet partner, Dolly Parton. On May 31, they claimed that he was in great suffering and needed 24/7 medical attention.
The singer is best known for his ballads like "The Gambler," "Lucille," and "Lady." He retired from touring in 2017 after a 60-year career.
Last year, Rogers canceled the remaining concerts on his farewell tour. The decision to do so came after advice from his doctors.
In a statement posted via Twitter, his staff explained the reason behind his sudden decision:
“Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges. His doctors 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. Consequently, the Kenny Rogers show on April 28 at Silver Legacy Resort Casino is being cancelled.”
Rogers added to the statement by saying, “I didn’t want to take forever to retire. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the 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.”
Please pray for Kenny and his family during this difficult time. May he have a full healing.