NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country star Dolly Parton said her brother Randy Parton, who sang and performed with her as well as at her Dollywood theme park, has died. He was 67 years old.

Parton, who turned 75 this week, said in a statement released Thursday that her brother had died of cancer. You were among the 12 children of the Parton family who grew up in Sevierville, Tennessee.

“We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he will be joined by family members who have gone before and received him with joy and open arms,” ​​Parton said in a statement.

Randy Parton sang, played guitar and bass in his sister’s band and had hosted his own show at the Tennessee theme park since opening in 1986. He also published music himself. Parton said her duet with him on “Old flames can’t hold a candle to you” was “always a highlight of my own career”.

His last recording was a song with Dolly and his daughter Heidi called “You Are My Christmas”, which was on Parton’s latest Christmas album.

“It shone on it just as it shines now in heaven,” said Parton.

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