NASHVILLE, Tennessee. (AP) – Country star Dolly Parton said that her brother Randy Parton, who sang and performed with her, as well as in her theme park in Hollywood, has died. He was 67 years old.
Parton, who turned 75 this week, said in a statement published Thursday that her brother had died of cancer. They were among 12 children in the Parton family raised in Severville, Tennessee.
“We are a family with faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by family members who have continued before and embraced him with joy and open arms,”
Randy Parton has been singing, playing guitar and bass in his sister’s band, and has hosted his own show at the Tennessee Theme Park since its opening in 1986. He has also released music himself. Parton said her duet with him on “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle To You” will always be the highlight of my own career.
His latest record is a song with Dolly and his daughter Heidi called “You Are My Christmas”, which was on Parton’s latest Christmas album.
“It shone on him just as it shines in heaven now,” Parton said.
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