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Dolly Parton confirms the death of her brother in poignant Instagram post

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Dolly Parton has paid tribute to her younger brother, country singer Randy Parton, who has died of cancer aged 67.

The country icon confirmed the news in a poignant post on Instagram, alongside a picture of the pair performing together on stage.

"My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer," Dolly began in the message. "The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time. We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by members of the family that have gone on before and have welcomed him with joy and open arms.⁣⁣"

Remembering his career, which included chart success and his headlining at Dollywood back in the 80s, the star continued: "Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He headed his own show at Dollywood since it opened in 1986. He’s had several chart records of his own, but his duet with me on “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” will always be a highlight in my own career.⁣⁣

Dolly added: "'You Are My Christmas', our duet on my latest Christmas album, joined with his daughter Heidi, will always be a favourite. It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like he's shining in heaven now.⁣⁣ He is survived by his wife Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabyn, grandsons Huston and Trent. ⁣⁣ We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts, ⁣⁣Dolly Parton and Family⁣."

Dolly turned 75 this week (January 19), and celebrated her birthday with a message of kindness. ⁣

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