Randy Parton, a musician and the youngest brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 67 years old.
Dolly announced the news of her brother’s death on her Facebook page on Thursday.
“My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. My family and I are grieving his loss, but we know he is in a better place than we are now. We are a family with faith and we believe he is safe with God and that he is joined by family members who have continued before and welcomed him with joy and open arms, “she wrote.
She continued: “Randy was a great singer, writer and artist. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He has been running his own show in Hollywood since it opened in 1
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“You’re My Christmas”, our duo on my latest Christmas album, joined by his daughter Heidi, will always be a favorite. It was his last music recording and it shone on him just as it now shines in heaven.
Parton noted that Randy was left by her, his wife Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabine, and grandchildren Trent and Houston.
“We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts,” the statement concluded.
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Taste of Country reports that Randy is the eighth of 12 children born to Robert and Avi Lee.
While Dolly is perhaps the most recognizable name in the family, her career would be different if her younger brother did not play the role of guitarist in her band. The publication also reports that Randy himself had several hits, including “Hold Me Like You Never Had Me” and “Shot Full of Love”, both of which hit the Top 40 in the 1980s.
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Later in his career, Randy broke away from his famous sister in an attempt to create a live venue for his songs. He opened The Randy Parton Theater in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the lack of infrastructure and ticket sales led to Randy’s role in the project, which ended in just one year.
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Parton announced the news just two days after celebrating his 75th birthday on January 19.
The news of Randy’s death comes just years after their other brother, Floyd Estelle Parton, died in 2018.