NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Country star Dolly Parton said her brother Randy Parton, who sang and performed with her as well as in her Dollywood theme park, is dead. He was 67.
Parton, who turned 75 this week, said in a statement released Thursday that her brother died of cancer. They were among 12 children in the Parton family, raised in Sevierville, Tennessee.
“We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by family members who have gone before and welcomed him with joy and open arms,”
Randy Parton sang, played guitar and bass in his sister’s band and had hosted his own show at the Tennessee theme park since opening in 1986. He also released music alone. Parton said her duet with him on “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle To You” would always be a highlight of my own career. “
His last recording was a song with Dolly and his daughter Heidi called “You Are My Christmas”, which was on Parton’s latest Christmas album.
“He shone on it like he’s shining in the sky now,” Parton said.
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