Lionel Richie has published an emotional tribute to Kenny Rogers on social media.
The 70-year-old musician went to his Instagram account to pay a sincere tribute to the deceased star, who died on Friday (20.03.20) of natural causes at the age of 81.
Along with a collection of photographs of them together, Lionel wrote: “I lost one of my closest friends [broken heart emoji] So much laughter so many adventures to remember, my heart is broken. My prayers go out to Kenny’s family [praying emoji] (sic) “
Lionel wrote Rogers’ hit single, Lady, in 1980, and the top duo remained close friends afterwards.
Rogers also later acknowledged that Lionel had had a huge impact on his career.
He said, “He’s not just a friend of mine, but the song he wrote was really a turning point in my career. It’s one of the most recognizable songs I’ve ever done . “
Meanwhile, Dolly Parton also paid tribute to the famous music star.
The hitmaker “9 to 5” admitted that she was devastated to discover that her good friend had died.
In a video message, Dolly shared: “I couldn’t believe it when I got up this morning and turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and he told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had died one way.
“And I know we all know Kenny in a better place than we are today, but I’m sure he’s going to speak to God someday today if he isn’t already, he’s going to ask him to enlighten the group with this darkness that goes here.
“But I love Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken and a big chunk of him left with him today.
“And I think I can speak on behalf of all his family, friends and fans when I say that I will always love you. God bless you, Kenny, fly high. Straight in God’s arms and the rest of you, continue the faith. “