Lionel has shared his unhappiness on the passing of Kenny (Image: FilmMagic)

Lionel Richie has shared an emotional tribute to Kenny Rogers, after the Gambler celebrity handed away on the age of 81.

The singer handed away on Friday of pure causes.

Now Dancing On The Ceiling star Lionel has shared a touching message, sharing a set of images of the pair collectively all through the years.

Taking to his Instagram, 70-year-old Lionel wrote, alongside a heartbroken emoji: ‘I misplaced considered one of my closest buddies.’

He continued: ‘A lot laughter so many adventures to recollect, my coronary heart is damaged. My prayers exit to Kenny’s Household.’

Lionel wrote Kenny’s hit single Girl in 1980, and the high-profile duo remained shut buddies thereafter.

Kenny died from pure causes (Image: REUTERS)

Kenny had additionally beforehand admitted that Lionel had a big impact on his profession by engaged on that track with him.

He defined: ‘He’s not only a buddy of mine, however the track he wrote was really a altering level in my profession. It’s some of the identifiable songs I’ve ever performed.’

Kenny’s demise was introduced on his official social media, with a press release saying: ‘The Rogers household is unhappy to announce that Kenny Rogers handed away final night time at 10:25PM on the age of 81.

‘Rogers handed away peacefully at dwelling from pure causes below the care of hospice and surrounded by his household.’

Following his demise, Dolly Parton has additionally paid tribute to the late music star, sharing her personal heartfelt message over the weekend.

Kenny was good buddies with each Lionel and Dolly (Image: WireImage)

The 9 To five hitmaker admitted she was devastated to search out out her good buddy had handed away, after the pair fashioned an in depth bond having labored on hit Islands In The Stream.

In a video message, Dolly shared: ‘I couldn’t consider it after I bought up this morning and turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and it informed me that my buddy and singing accomplice Kenny Rogers had handed away.

‘And I do know that everyone knows Kenny’s in a greater place than we’re in the present day, however I’m fairly certain he’s gonna be speaking to God someday in the present day if he ain’t already, he’s gonna be asking him to unfold some gentle on bunch of this darkness going right here.

‘However I really like Kenny with all my coronary heart. My coronary heart’s damaged and an enormous previous chunk of it has gone with him in the present day.

‘And I believe that I can communicate for all his household, his buddies and followers after I say that I’ll at all times love you. God bless you, Kenny, fly excessive. Straight to the arms of God and to the remainder of you, preserve the religion.’

Dolly and Kenny most famously collaborated on their track Islands In The Stream, with the nation legend additionally topping the charts with the likes of The Gambler, Lucille, and Coward Of The Nation. He additionally gained three Grammy Awards throughout his profession.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a personal service can be held in his reminiscence, with a public memorial being deliberate for a later date.

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