Dolly Parton's brother Randy Parton dies after brutal cancer battle

Dolly Parton has been left heartbroken after the death of her beloved brother.

The Country legend has penned a heartfelt statement revealing Randy Parton 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.

Randy Parton and Dolly Parton and Cassie Parton Dollywood’s 2013 Festival of Nations at Dollywood

“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.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AFF-USA/REX/Shutterstock (9974172r) Randy Parton, Dolly Parton and Heidi Parton ‘Smoky Mountain Christmas’ kick off and debut of ‘Glacier Ridge’, Pigeon Forge, USA – 09 Nov 2018

Dolly Parton,Randy Parton attending Dollywood’s 30th Anniversary Celebration held at Dollywood’s Celebrity Theater in Tennessee, USA.

“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.”

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