Many country artists shared emotional tributes to Kenny Rogers following the news of the country music legend’s death late Friday night. 

Dolly Parton said she was expecting to wake up and see updates about coronavirus, but couldn’t believe it when she learned about Rogers’ death. His “Islands in the Stream” duet partner posted a tearful tribute on Twitter Saturday morning: “We all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today, but I’m sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today. He’s going to be asking Him to spread some light on the darkness that’s going on here. I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken, a big old chunk of it has gone with him today,” she said, holding a photo of her and Rogers.

Other celebrities, including Blake Shelton, also remembered the musician in posts on Twitter, “I can’t express the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had one me. He was always very kind and fun to be around,” he wrote. Rest In Peace Gambler…

Reba McEntire posted, “Kenny, Go rest high on that mountain. Please tell mama and daddy hi for me. Thank you for your friendship and your love. We are going to miss you but we are so happy you’re singing with the Angels in heaven. Can’t wait to see you again one of these days. Rest in peace my friend.”

Some artists shared videos of Rogers’ performances from his long carerr or posted musical tributes of some of his most popular songs as well. Jennifer Nettles wrote: “Today country music lost a legend. I had the honor of singing with @_KennyRogers at the 2013 CMA’s. Just watch everybody singing along in the audience. What joy he brought to the world.  And Travis Tritt posted: “Just my small way of remembering @_KennyRogers. This is a song that Kenny wrote with Waylon Jennings (another musical hero) in mind. d

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