Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers is mourned by close friends and fellow musicians

Rogers' music career spanned six decades and was celebrated worldwide. He died Friday night of natural causes at age 81.

"Today I lost one of my closest friends So much laughter so many adventures to remember, my heart is broken... My prayers go out to Kenny's Family," Lionel Richie tweeted.

Other musicians including Blake Shelton, Reba and Dolly Parton also shared tributes.

Kenny Rogers prepares to hang up his microphone

Growing up in poverty on a federal housing estate in Houston, Texas, on his walks to and from school he'd go past wealthy houses, and be amazed by the big jets automatically watering the immaculate lawns.

So when he first made his millions back in the 1970s, he knew exactly how he would celebrate.

Building a massive house with its own 18-hole golf course, he fitted the grounds with hundreds of automated water sprinklers.

Now 78, Rogers says: "I would drive a golf cart out, right into those sprinklers, and it was great fun.

Kenny Rogers will retire after next tour

The country music legend used the platform of his appearance on the Today show to announce his next world trek would be his last. Details on that tour, however, haven’t been announced just yet.