Dolly Parton has shared the heartbreaking news today that her brother, Randy Parton, had tragically passed away.
Keep scrolling to read her beautiful tribute...
The singer is said to be utterly heartbroken...
Because, as many of you will know, Dolly has always been a family girl through and through.
Born in Locust Ridge, she was the fourth child of a whopping twelve.
The country singer made a career from her "rags-to-rhinestones" story.
Her talent didn't go unnoticed.
via: Getty ImagesAfter landing a coveted spot on The Porter Wagoner Show, she saw her name in lights very quickly.
And with songs like "Jolene" and "Love Is Like A Butterfly," she became an icon in the world of country singers.
via: Getty ImagesIn 1975 and '76, the Country Music Association awarded her with Female Country Singer of the Year and during this time, she was also working on moving into the pop market in order to further her career.
And the song “Here You Come Again" really helped her do that.
via: Getty ImagesIt won a Grammy Award and in the following years, she tucked a couple more of the prestigious accolades under her belt.
Probably one of her most famous songs, "9 to 5" catapulted her to global stardom.
It's safe to say that Dolly Parton is a living legend...
And her unwavering humility throughout her success has made us love her even more.
As stated earlier, Dolly has always remained true to herself and her roots...
And, despite her fame, has maintained a close relationship with her family.
So, of course, the death of her brother was bound to hit hard.
Dolly revealed today that her brother, Randy Parton, had tragically passed away at the age of sixty-seven.
The messages of condolence have been quick to flood in...
So sad...— 🐘 😷 WandaSusie_101 😷 🐺 (@WandaSue_101) January 21, 2021
My condolences to the Parton family...
that just made me cry. Rest in Peace. ❤— Katy (@katy1434) January 21, 2021
Condolences to Ms. Parton and her family for the loss of Randy. Please take good care of yourselves.— Karen n'Laoghaire (@KarenJo11680757) January 21, 2021
Sympathy to Dolly and family. 💕— larbet (@larbet) January 21, 2021
@DollyParton So sorry to hear of your Brother’s passing. Love and prayers. ❤️🙏🏻— Jonathan White (@jwhite_123) January 21, 2021
Dolly took to Facebook to break the news.
"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."
She went on to discuss his talent as a musician...
"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 then revealed that Randy had recorded a song just before his death.
"'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."
She signed off her announcement with:
"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."
You can read her full post here.
Our thoughts go out to Dolly and her family during this difficult time.