Kenny Rogers 'plans on sticking around' after hospitalization, rumors of being near death

Following reports that he was near death, Kenny Rogers has issued a statement that he "plans on sticking around through the years to come."

"Entertainment Tonight" reported that the country musician was hospitalized for dehydration, according to a statement from his representatives posted on social media. The statement came after some reports claimed the 80-year-old was dying.

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"Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers:
"Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration. He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge. He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come."

In 2018, Rogers canceled all of his remaining stops for his farewell tour that year due to 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," Rogers' publicist said in a statement to People at the time.

The Associated Press reported that Rogers retired from touring after 60 years in music.

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