Dolly Parton's brother Randy dead at 67 after battle with cancer as singer is 'grieving his loss'

DOLLY Parton's brother Randy has died after a battle with cancer.

The country legend penned a heartfelt letter to her brother Randy on Thursday morning.

“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," Dolly wrote on Facebook.

"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."

Stella Parton also took to social media to thanks fans for their support, sharing: "Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers as we grieve the loss of our precious brother Randy. God bless."

Randy was just 67 years old at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Deb, daughter Heidi, son Sabyn and grandsons Huston and Trent.

Sadly, this isn't the first Parton sibling to pass away as Dolly's brother, Floyd, died in 2018 from a mystery illness.

He was hospitalized just weeks before his passing at 61 years old.

Their deaths might come as a shock as Dolly celebrated her 75th birthday on Tuesday.

The country icon shared a heartfelt message to her adoring fans via her blog, as she shared her plans and hopes for the coming year.

Dolly first detailed her objective for her monumental birthday, writing: "Well, another year has rolled around and what a year it has been. Like everyone else, it is now my turn for a COVID-covered birthday."

"So what do you do? What do you want? Should you even celebrate?" she asked.

"I am choosing the quiet path so I can stay close to the ones I love to count my blessings and think hard about what this new year will bring," Dolly explained while demonstrating hope for the future.

The Queen of country music then shared her hopes in honor of her birthday, adding: "However, I do have a birthday wish that I want to share with you. My wish is that everyone does something a little different today.

"Let’s call it a call for kindness. If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. If you want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call."

She urged: "If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless."

Dolly has spent ample time in her life volunteering and donating to charitable organizations.

The beloved performer founded Imagination Library, a service that mails free books to children, and previously the Dollywood Foundation, created to help lessen high school dropout rates.

Most recently, Dolly has been a voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and donated one million dollars to Moderna for their Covid vaccine.

Dolly has had an outstanding 65-year career in music and entertainment, and her successes have not slowed down.

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