Country music star Randy Parton, the younger brother of Dolly Parton, has died at the age of 67.
The musician’s passing was confirmed by his sister, who shared that he passed away after a 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,” Dolly wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Dolly went on to share that their 1980 duet, “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You,” remains a highlight of her recording career. “Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years,” she added.
Randy Parton’s final studio recording was “You Are My Christmas,” a duet with his daughter Heidi and sister Dolly. The song appeared on the older Parton’s latest Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
Although a portion of his career was spent touring and working with his sister, Randy found success on his own too, appearing on the US Country charts in the ’80s with the solo tracks such as “Hold Me Like You Never Had Me” and “Shot Full of Love.” He also headlined his own show at Tennessee’s Dollywood amusement park.
Parton is survived by his wife Deb Parton, children Heidi and Sabyn Parton and two grandsons. For those that wish to pay their respects to Parton, his family have asked for donations to be directed towards Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a book gifting program that supports children in developing literacy.
RIP, Randy Parton. Hear his final recording with Dolly below: