Dolly Parton breaks her silence over the tragic loss of her younger brother

The country music icon recently lost her younger brother, Floyd Estel Parton, and paid a sweet tribute to his memory during his funeral.

Floyd, who passed away at the age of 61 on Thursday, December 6, 2018, worked with his older sister several times during her career.

On Tuesday, one day after laying Floyd to rest, Dolly broke the silence by taking to her Twitter page to share her family's tribute to the lost sibling.

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The singer started by thanking everyone for their kindness and revealed that, during the funeral service, the Parton family sang Floyd's favorite song, "Rockin' Years."

Dolly claimed that her sweet brother 'lived a short life of love and beautiful songs,' many of which were spent by her side in the studio during heartwarming cooperations.


At the end of the statement, the 72-year-old left an appeal for donations to be made, in Floyd's honor, to the My People Senior Activity Center, in Sevierville, Tennessee.

According to his obituary, Floyd was known as a 'renaissance man' with many talents and areas of knowledge, especially when it came to nature and cooking.


He is survived by sisters Dolly, Willadeene, Cassie, Rachel, Stella and Freida, as well as brothers Bobby, David, Randy and Coy Denver, who attended the funeral service.

"He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs."


Although all the siblings share a remarkably close bond, Dolly and Floyd were not only emotionally close but also professionally, having worked together on several projects.

Aside from his love for nature and cooking, Floyd was a particularly gifted songwriter and, along with Dolly, wrote memorable songs such as the 1991 duet "Rockin' Years," with Ricky Van Shelton," and the 1978 hit "Nickels and Dimes," from his sister's top-charting album, "Heartbreaker."

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