Carrie Underwood took to Instagram on Saturday to share a touching tribute to country music legend Kenny Rogers after it was revealed the 81-year-old singer had passed away on Friday.
The “Jesus Take the Wheel” songstress posted three different photos of herself with “The Gambler” singer while sharing her tribute to him in the caption.
The first picture showed Carrie standing next to the country music legend. She is wearing a baby blue dress and has her blond hair down and styled with curls. It is unclear when the photo was taken, but it appears to be early in Carrie’s music career.
Just a year after winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie found herself singing at the Kennedy Center Honors when Dolly Parton was being feted. Dolly originally recorded the hit “Islands in the Stream” with Kenny Rogers in 1982, but during the program, Carrie sang the first part of the song before introducing Kenny to the stage, and the two finished the tune together.
With her post, Carrie included a still image from their performance. Carrie is wearing a gorgeous pink dress, and the photo shows her standing next to Kenny as they both belt out the hit in honor of Dolly.
The final photo that Carrie posted in her tribute showed her at the 2013 CMT Music Awards accepting an award from Kenny. In the background is Sheryl Crow, who sang “Islands in the Stream” on stage before presenting the award for Video of the Year. Carrie’s video for her hit song “Blown Away” won that award.
Along with the lovely pictures, Carrie shared her tribute, noting that the country music world had lost a pillar.
“Sing with the angels and talk to God, Kenny,” she added before pointing out that he had been a part of so many people’s lives.
Carrie has over 2.9 million followers on the social networking site, and within the first 20 hours of being live, the post had over 291,000 likes. The update also received over 1,600 comments from Carrie’s followers, many of whom were also saddened to hear the news about the passing of Rogers.
News of the country legend’s death came Saturday morning. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a statement released by a representative revealed that he had “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”
Kenny Rogers was survived by his wife, Wanda, and his five children.