January 21, 2021

Dolly Parton’s Brother Randy Passes


Dolly Parton has posted a statement on her social media accounts that her brother Randy has passed away after his battle with cancer. Dolly and Randy were extremely close, and collaborated together frequently, including a duet on her recent Christmas album. Please join with the entire Singing News family and Christian music fans around the world in praying for Dolly and her family.

Her full statement is posted below along with a link to her Facebook post.

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. 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 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