Kenny Rogers hospitalized, responds to 'wild speculation' about his health

Country music legend Kenny Rogers is hospitalized in Georgia. A spokesperson says the 80-year-old is being treated for dehydration.

"He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge," a statement said. "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."

Some media outlets have been reporting that the singer of classics like "The Gambler," Lucille," and "Crazy in Love" has been in failing health, but Rogers wanted to set the record straight.

Rogers is perhaps best known for "The Gambler." The beloved song was released 41 years ago, and was recently selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."

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American musician Kenny Rogers performs at the Rosemont Horizon (later renamed the Allstate Arena), Rosemont, Illinois, May 17, 1980. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
LaToya Jackson. Kenny Rogers and Janet jackson 1985 American Music Awards (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 28: Musician Kenny Rogers attends the 12th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1985 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Kenny Rogers received the Career Acheivement Award at the 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. 5/9/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers perform their hit duet 'Islands In The Stream' at the CMT's 100 GREATEST DUETS concert. A celebration of the the Top 12 duets in country music history, the concert included live performances by 21 of country music?s biggest artists, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and more. The two-hour concert will round out a remarkable six-hour special, CMT 100 GREATEST DUETS, which airs on Saturday, September 17. (Photo by Ed Rode/WireImage)
Kenny Rogers, presenter Video of the Year during 2006 CMT Music Awards - Show at Curb Events Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Kenny Rogers performs at the VAULT Concert Stage during the 2008 CMA Music Festival on June 7, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 09: Kenny Rogers performs in concert at Golden Nugget Casino on December 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 09: Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis perform in concert at Golden Nugget Casino on December 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers accepts the Legacy Award onstage during 2017 SESAC Nashville Music Awards on November 5, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24: Kenny Rogers is inducted into the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame on October 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24: Kenny Rogers is inducted into the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame on October 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24: Kenny Rogers is inducted into the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame on October 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24: Kenny Rogers poses with wife Wanda Rogers (L),Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of The Oakridge Boys, twin sons Justin and Jordan Rogers attend as Kenny Rogers Induction Into The Nashville Music City Walk Of Fame at Nashville Music City Walk of Fame on October 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis perform during day 1 of the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers performs during day 1 of the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
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