Rogers' family revealed plans for a "small private service" and will announce a larger public celebration at a later date.
In 1985, he participated in the original recording of "We Are the World" along with more than three dozen artists.
"As one of the first artists to successfully master the country/pop crossover, Rogers touched the lives of millions worldwide and led the way for many notable artists who followed". The six time Country Music Awards victor and three-time Grammy Award victor sold more than 50 million in the USA alone, Fox News reported. Rogers thrived for some 60 years before retired from touring in 2017 at age 79.
But it was also his farewell tour, as he was 76 at the time and the father of 11-year-old twins with whom he wanted to spend the time he had left. "He however triumphed and lived up to the prediction of Lady when he cooed", Forever let me wake to see you each and every morning, Let me hear you whisper softly in my ear" up to his dying day.
And the country music community is clearly in mourning of the legend.
"I learned a long time ago, I can't win enough money to excite me, but I can lose enough to depress me", he said told NPR's Rachel Martin 2015. "And he said, "We need Dolly Parton.' "I said, 'Well, why not, you know?" He, then, launched his solo career after The First Edition disbanded in 1974.
Shortly after the news broke, tributes began pouring in for Rogers, who was born in Houston, and grew up on a federal housing estate.
Parton and Rogers' friendship spans over 30 years.
It was time to fold 'em. And Ken Kragen, my manager said, 'I saw her downstairs.' I said, "Well, go get her".
"In addition to his tremendous talent, Kenny was a generous and caring man, a wise mentor to so many of us". He had a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters and was a partner behind a riverboat in Branson, Missouri. He was an inspiration to me, I loved the way he delivered a song and crossed over so many genres. Not only that, the song served as the theme song for the broadcast of that year's WSOP Main Event on CBS.
Rogers is survived by his wife, Wanda, and his sons Justin, Jordan, Chris and Kenny Jr., as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his representative said.