Health concerns stemming from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are affecting Kenny Rogers’ public and private memorial preparations.
The country legend passed away from natural causes over the weekend, at the age of 81. His family subsequently issued a statement, which indicated, among other things, that they are planning “a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.” The statement also noted that Kenny Rogers’ family was looking forward “to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”
This “later date” will likely be established once the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Moreover, the “small private service” may be more difficult to organize than anticipated, depending upon its date and the number of guests in attendance. Earlier today, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that he would require all bars and nightclubs to close. He further banned public gatherings of more than ten people, unless the individuals remain six or more feet apart.
Governor Kemp’s preventative measures will go into effect tomorrow and will remain in place until at least April 6th.
In a testament to the reach of Kenny Rogers and the success of his six-decade-long career, countless fans, fellow artists, and others have taken the time to offer kind words and celebrate the Houston native’s life.
Additionally, Country Music Television (CMT), which reaches over 90 million homes in America, produced a program entitled CMT Remembers: Kenny Rogers, and A&E plans to release a brief documentary on April 13th. On social media, Kenny Rogers’ family thanked fans “for the generous outpouring of love and support.”
Though Kenny Rogers passed away from natural causes, once again, his family members recognize the significance of the coronavirus pandemic and have asked that fans forward donations to the Recording Academy and MusiCare’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. Last week, the Recording Academy and its charity pledged $2 million to the fund, which will support those who are suffering as a result of COVID-19.
Stay tuned for updates pertaining to Kenny Rogers’ public memorial.