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Dolly Parton Hit With Heartbreaking Family Tragedy

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It's a bittersweet week for Dolly Parton, who has been promoting the release of the Netflix film Dumplin'.

According to reports, the country legend has recently lost her brother, Floyd Estel Parton.

According to Atchley Funeral Home in Tennnessee, Floyd passed away on December 6 at the age of 61.

No cause of death has been revealed.

"A renaissance man, Floyd was a man of many talents and areas of knowledge," reads his obituary. "He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook."

Like his older sister, Floyd was also musically gifted and together the siblings wrote several hits, including "Nickels and Dimes" from Dolly's Heartbreaker album and the 1991 Dolly and Ricky Van Shelton hit "Rockin' Years."

The brother-sister duo and the rest of their siblings were exposed to music at a young age by their mother Avie Lee, who sang and played the piano. They family would often sing together at home and at church.

"Singing was like breathing at home," Floyd and Dolly's youngest sister Rachel, 59, told People.

Beside 72-year-old Dolly, Floyd is survived by his twin Freida, 61, sisters Willadeene, 78, Stella, 69, and Cassie, 67, brothers David, 76, Coy Denver, 75, Bobby, 70, and Randy, 64, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

Floyd and Dolly's brother Larry died just a few days after his birth in 1955.

Despite her status as an icon, Dolly has remained extremely close to her family, and on several occasions opened up about how they shaped her as a person and as an entertainer.

"Family is everything to me and not just as a loving memory. My family will always be my greatest love," she told The Guardian in a 2016 interview. "Sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle but there's an element of family in everything I do. My music is shaped by my family."

There's no doubt that Floyd's death has immensely impacted her, but the singer has not publicly addressed the tragedy yet.

In lieu of flowers, the Parton family is asking for donations to be made to Sevierville's My People Senior Activity Center.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dolly and her family during this very difficult time.

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