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Renowned American Singer Dolly Parton Loses Brother To Cancer

Dolly Parton has revealed her brother Randy has died aged 67 following a battle with cancer.
The singer, 75, broke the sad news today on social media. She wrote on Facebook: "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 Dolly's younger brother. They were two of 12 children born to their parents - Avie and Robert Lee Parton. 

 Randy was a singer and songwriter, working with his famous sister throughout his career. One of his most famous songs was Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler). 

He recorded the song two years before country group Alabama took it to number one in 1984. He also sang Too Much Water for the soundtrack to Dolly's 1984 film Rhinestone. 

 The singer was also known for 80s tracks Hold Me Like You Never Had Me and Shot Full of Love. He was last heard singing with his sister on a duet for her 2020 Christmas album. 

 In the post, Parton said of her brother: "Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. 

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"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. 

 "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, Dolly Parton and Family." 

 Randy's death comes two-years after his brother Floyd Parton's death in December 2018, aged 61.

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