Dolly Parton has been left heartbroken after the death of her beloved brother.
The Country legend, 75, has penned a heartfelt statement revealing Randy Parton, 67, passed away following a battle with cancer.
She said talented musician Randy was “shining in heaven now”.
She said on behalf of her family: “My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. 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.
“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 high light in my own career.
“You Are My Christmas, our duet on my latest Christmas album, joined with his daughter Heidi, will always be a favorite.
“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.”
Randy was Dolly’s younger brother and they were two of 12 children born to their parents Avie and Robert Lee Parton.
He was a singer/songwriter and musician in his own right and worked with his famous sister many times throughout his career.
One of his most famous songs was Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler), which he recorded two years before Alabama took it to number one in 1984.
He also sang Too Much Water for the soundtrack to Dolly’s 1984 film Rhinestone.
Randy was a regular at Dolly’s theme park Dollywood in Tennessee with his own music show and was last heard singing with his sister on a duet for her latest Christmas album.