Dolly Parton’s brother, Randy, has died at the age of 67 after battling cancer.
The country legend revealed the news in a heartfelt social media post on Thursday morning, writing: “Randy is shining in heaven now.” The news comes just two days after she celebrated her birthday.
“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 began.
“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, who was the eighth of the 12 Parton siblings, was born on 15 December 1953 in Sevierville, Tennessee. Alongside playing for his sister’s band and having his own show at Dollywood, Randy also crafted a few songs that hit the Top 40 airplay chart, including “Hold Me Like You Never Had Me” and “Shot Full of Love.”
Randy is the latest of the music legend’s siblings to die in recent years, following Floyd Parton, who died in December 2018 at 61. He is survived by his wife Deb, daughter Heidi, son Sabyn and grandsons Huston and Trent, according to Dolly’s social media post.