Kenny Rogers dismisses rumours he's dying

Kenny Rogers.
Kenny Rogers. Photo credit: Getty

Iconic country star Kenny Rogers isn't ready to fold 'em just yet.

The 80-year-old is in hospital for dehydration, but his managers say he's expected to recover.

"Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration," a statement on his official social media channels said.

"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."

The statement was issued in response to "wild misinformation and speculation" he was dying of bladder cancer.

"He's a lot sicker than he's ever let on to the public - or even to his friends," one source told entertainment site Radar Online.

Rogers, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, started his recording career in the 1950s. He found massive success with 'The Gambler' in 1978, a song that had been recorded by a number of artists before, including Johnny Cash.