Like many of us, Dolly Parton awoke to the unfortunate news of Kenny Rogers’ death on Saturday morning. The superstar and Rogers were longtime friends and often recorded and shared the stage together. Understandably, Parton is heartbroken over his passing. She took to social media to share an emotional tribute to her dear friend.
“Well, I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up and turned on the TV checking to see what the coronavirus was doing and they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away,” she began. “I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today. But I am pretty sure he’s gonna be talking to God some time today, if he ain’t already, and he’s gonna be asking him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness going on here.”
Parton went on to explain the heart wrenching emotions she was experiencing.
“I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken. A big ‘ole chunk of it has gone with him today,” she said. “I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans when I say that I will always love you.”
Parton then held up a frame showcasing a photo of herself and Rogers. As tears welled up in her eyes, she closed her message with a final word to Rogers.
“God bless you, Kenny. Fly high straight to the arms to of God.”
Rogers died on Friday evening (March 20) of natural causes. He was 81 years old.