Dolly Parton’s younger brother, Floyd Parton, has died. The 61-year-old songwriter and composer died after an unknown illness.
Floyd Parton wrote “Rockin’ Years,” Dolly’s hit 1991 duet with Ricky Van Shelton. The song is the Hall of Fame’s most recent No. 1 hit — she has charted several songs in nearly three decades but none have reached the top of the Country Airplay charts.
An obituary states that the younger Parton was an accomplished songwriter who also wrote “Nickels and Dimes,” a song recorded by Dolly and later, George Burns. He is remembered as a renaissance man who loved the outdoors and was an incredible cook.
The cause of Floyd Parton’s death has not been revealed. Dolly hasn’t shared any details of this illness, nor has she commented on her brother’s death. It’s generally believed that all 11 of her siblings are involved in her business.