Dolly Parton Mourns the Loss of Friend Kenny Rogers— “My Heart is Broken”


Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly or Spaghetti and Meatballs, so it’s hard to imagine one without the other. When news broke early Saturday morning (March 21) of the death of Kenny Rogers, his “Islands in the Stream” duet partner and friend shared her love for the legendary singer.

In a post on social media, Dolly, seated on the bench by her organ, addressed Kenny’s death and remembered her duet partner and friend of many years with much love. The caption to the video read, “You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, dolly.”‘

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In the video, Dolly shared the moment she found out about Kenny’s death.

“Well, I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up 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. I know that we all know Kenny is in a better place than we are today but I’m for sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today, if he ain’t already, and he’s going to be asking him to spread some light on much of this darkness going on here.”

She went on to share her love for Kenny. “But I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken and a big old chunk of it has gone with him today. And I think I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans when I say that I will always love you.

Dolly proceeded to share a photo of her and Kenny together in happier times as she choked back tears.”I know you’re sad as I am but God bless you Kenny fly high, straight to the arms of God. And to the rest of you, keep the faith.”

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Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Kenny Rogers during this difficult time.