Music legend Kenny Rogers died of natural causes on March 20, 2020, leaving behind 5 children. Read on to get to know his kids and the life he shared with them.
Rogers was known for hit songs including “Through the Years”, “Lady”, and “Islands in the Stream” over the years. While his life was full of music, it was also full of children and family. He was married 5 times and went on to have four sons and a daughter. The names of his kids are Christopher Cody Rogers, Kenny Rogers Jr., Carole Rogers, Jordan Edward Rogers, and Justin Charles Rogers.
Rogers’ family released the following statement upon his death, “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.” The statement was released in the early morning of March 21, 2020.
Get to know more about Rogers and his children in our 5 Fast Facts below.
1. Kenny Rogers’ Sons Justin and Jordan Were Twins
Rogers said that in his previous marriages, he wasn’t as sensitive to his family’s needs but that his relationship with Miller was different. In an interview with Reuters in 2012, he said, “Wanda and I have been together now for 20 years, been married 15 years. She’s 28 years younger than me, and I say this from the bottom of my heart – she is my soul mate. She knows me better than anyone else has known me. She loves what I do and I’m not as insensitive to her needs as I may have been in the past.”
Rogers’ wife Miller posted many photos of the couples’ twin boys with their father on her Instagram account. Justin and Jordan would go fishing and enjoy holidays with their father.
2. The Music Icon Said He Chose Success Over Family Until Recent Years
According to The Boot, Kenny Rogers said that at times, he chose to be successful in his career over spending time with his kids and family. He told The Tennessean, “I think success requires that you be selfish sometimes, and I refuse to do that now. I’m determined to stay home with the boys, and it’s really a wonderful gift for me. So if I have no more success, I’m OK. But to have the opportunity to have success (is really special).”
When it comes to Rogers’ youngest kids, his twin boys, he said that he wanted to change his selfishness and choose them over opportunities that may have come up. In 2013, he said he wanted to make it a point to walk his boys to the bus stop, as reported by The Boot.
Rogers shared his biggest regret about not being their for some of his wives and children on Oprah: Where Are They Now, according to Country Rebel. Rogers admitted, “I was gone all the time, and that wasn’t fair to them. I don’t know that I’d be where I am if I hadn’t done that, so that’s why I say it’s a fine line. But I think I was probably selfish … I regret any pain I caused them, but I can’t change it.”
3. Christopher Cody Rogers Works in Entertainment
Rogers’ son Christopher Cody Rogers works in the entertainment industry, like his father. Christopher, however, is a director and actor. He has also been a writer, producer and editor in film, according to IMDb.
Christopher pulled triple duty as writer, director and actor in the short film Two If By Sea. Some of the other TV and movie projects he was a part of include The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, Park, Loneliness, Reno 911!, Six Pack, and Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember.
Actress Marianne Gordon is the mother of Christopher, who was born in 1982. According to The Meaning of the Name, her first husband was Playboy producer Michael Trikilis. Christopher’s mom actually appeared in one of his TV Movie projects, The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, as Miss LaRosa. Some of her other acting gigs included Rosemary’s Baby, Dragnet 1967, Tarzan, Hee Haw, and Laredo.
4. Kenny Rogers’ Only Daughter Was From His First Marriage
Janice Gordon was Kenny Rogers’ first wife and the two were married from 1958-1960. According to WhosDatedWho, Gordon and Rogers dated for a year before getting married on May 15, 1958. The two then divorced in April 1960.
Together, Gordon and Rogers had one child, the only daughter out of Rogers’ five kids, Carole Lynne.
According to the LA Times, Gordon became pregnant with Carole when Rogers lost his virginity to her at age 19.
5. Rogers Had No Children With Second Wife Jean Rogers
Kenny Rogers was married to second wife Jean Rogers from 1960-1963. Their marriage came on the heels of his divorce from first wife Gordon.
Jean and Kenny Rogers had no children together.
After their divorce, Rogers went on to marry Margo Anderson from 1964–1976, Marianne Gordon from 1977–1993, and Wanda Miller from 1997 until Rogers’ death. With Miller, Rogers had twin sons Justin and Jordan. While married to actress Marianne Gordon, they had one son together. Rogers was married to ex Marianne for 16 years and it was his most expensive divorce. According to The Washington Post, his divorce settlement with her in 1993 was $60 million. Rogers’ net worth at the time of his death was $250 million.