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Randy Parton, the country singer and Dolly Parton’s younger brother, has died after a battle with cancer.

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“The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time,” she wrote.

Parton described her brother as “a great singer, writer, and entertainer” and said he sang and played guitar and bass in her band for many years.

He had also headlined a show at her Dollywood amusement park since it opened in 1986, she said.

“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,” she wrote.

Most recently, he and his daughter, Heidi, sang with Parton on the song “You Are My Christmas,” which appeared on her latest Christmas album.

“It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like he’s shining in heaven now,” Parton said.

Last year, Parton said she wrote the song for her brother, whom she described as “our Christmas baby.”

Randy Parton is survived by his wife, Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabyn, and grandsons Huston and Trent, according to the post.

“We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts,” she wrote.

Dolly Parton turned 75 on Tuesday and marked her birthday with a message of kindness.

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