Country music legend Kenny Rogers is facing a health crisis that has forced him to cancel performances on his “farewell tour.”
In a tweet, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina (where Rogers was scheduled to perform this month) announced that the singer is facing a series of undisclosed “health challenges,” forcing him to cancel tour dates.
“SHOW CANCELLED: @KennyRogers has been working through a series of health challenges,” they tweeted. “His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, but they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation.”
Rogers himself has been tight-lipped on his ailment, but last year, reports surfaced that he was battling cancer.
“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers recently said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”
Late last year, Rogers performed in Nashville with a number of noted musicians whom he inspired. He also gave one final performance of “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton. “All these people wanted to come do songs of mine and say thank you because, I had kind of — I hate this, this is awkward for me — I had inspired them to some extent and they wanted to pay me back and I thought it was very nice, so I’m glad we’re going to get a chance to do it,” he said at the time.
Here is how ABC News reported on the final duet with Dolly Parton.
Here is the tweet issued by Harrah’s.
SHOW CANCELLED: @_KennyRogers has been working through a series of health challenges. His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, but they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation.
— Harrah's Cherokee (@HarrahsCherokee) April 4, 2018