Kenny Rogers ordered by doctors to withdraw from farewell tour

Apr 7, 2018 8:58 AM

Country and pop singing legend Kenny Rogers has been ordered by doctors to withdraw from the remainder of his farewell tour due to “a series of health challenges.”

Rogers, 79, had been scheduled to perform at the Silver Legacy in Reno on April 28.

The series of concerts, entitled “The Gambler’s Last Deal” inspired by his 1979 hit album “The Gambler,” was to be Roger’s final concert tour.

In a statement his exact medical condition was not revealed, however, the release indicates doctors are optimistic about the singer’s condition, but advise him not continue with live performances.

The statement also includes a personal message from Rogers saying, “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.”

Rogers’ Grammy-winning song "The Gambler," written by Don Schlitz, was once called by Rolling Stone  "the one song even non-country fans know by heart," and was adapted into a made-for-television movie. The album sold 35 million copies worldwide.