“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 favorite. It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like he’s shining in heaven now.”
The 9 to 5 singer concluded: “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.”