Dolly Parton’s brother Randy Parton has died following a cancer battle

Randy Parton has died, it has been confirmed.

Dolly Parton has paid tribute to her brother after he tragically passed away from cancer.

The singer said talented musician Randy was "shining in heaven now".

Dolly penned: "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 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 favourite.

"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."

Randy was a singer/songwriter and worked alongside Dolly many times over the years.

He was her younger brother, and the pair had 10 other siblings.

Their parents were Avie and Robert Lee Parton.

One of Randy's most well-known hits was Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler).

He also sang Too Much Water for the soundtrack to Dolly's film Rhinestone in 1984.

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