Did Dolly Parton Die? Debunking the Rumors

Betty Hose

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Did Dolly Parton Die?

Social media posts have resurfaced over the last few days claiming Dolly Parton has passed away. That is 100% false, but there is a reason the rumor is so prevalent right now. Parton’s songwriter Cynthia Weil did die on June 1st and Parton’s name and pictures were often included in the obits. That likely caused some people who weren’t paying close attention to falsely conclude that Parton herself had passed. We’re happy to report Dolly Parton is alive and well and going strong at the age of 77.

Rumors of Dolly Parton dying are slowly spreading across social media platforms. Several sites said that the singer was “found dead in the bathroom.” However, the speculation is far from the truth. The artist is very much alive and well.

False Reports and Debunking the Rumors

According to a news publication, unverified reports claimed that Dolly Parton had died at an unknown time in a bathroom appeared on YouTube. The title of one of the videos read: “30 minutes ago famous singer Dolly Parton was found dead in the bathroom after suffering a stroke.” The news outlet also claimed that a Facebook post noted that the singer had died on 3 August 2023, at 11 a.m. ET. It reportedly also added: “She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting and liking this page.” However, the reports are false. Dolly Parton is alive.

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The rumors that are spreading online are far from the truth. No credible news outlet has announced that the 77-year-old passed away. Neither have her official Instagram or Twitter pages stated that she has died. Making the speculation more peculiar, neither have her management, family or friends stated that she has died. Since neither official sources nor established news outlets confirmed her passing, it is safe to say that the 9 to 5 singer is still alive.

Internet Death Hoaxes and Past Incidents

Dolly Parton is not the only celebrity to become a victim of an internet death hoax. In the past, several other high-profile singers have also fallen prey to the concerning trend including DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, and Madonna amongst others. The Jolene singer herself has dealt with the same issue in the past as well. In June 2023, several fans were left worried after Parton’s obituaries began appearing online. This comes after, one of the singer’s songwriters died. Cynthia Weil sadly died at the age of 82 in June 2023. Several news outlets included images of Dolly Parton in their articles which some fans misinterpreted as the singer herself dying. However, she had not died.

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Remembering Floyd Parton

Beloved family member, nature lover, and man of many talents, Floyd Parton, the younger brother of country icon Dolly Parton and a country music songwriter himself, died at 61 on Dec. 6, 2018. His work includes the ballad of steadfastness, “Rockin’ Years,” recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton in 1991. Floyd was known for his many talents. In addition to his songwriting, he was an outdoorsman, nature lover, and great cook. He is survived by his many siblings and their families.

Upcoming Projects and Contributions

As 2023 nears its end and the holidays approach, Dolly Parton is set to release her first rock album. Additionally, she has inspired a new generation and continues to contribute to the music industry. Her impact and influence are evident in the numerous projects and contributions she has made over the years.

Notable Music Books and Contributions

If you’re a music fan looking to restock your library with some new reads, there are several music-related books recounting the life and times of celebrated artists, including Dolly Parton. From Britney Spears’ much talked-about memoir to tomes that recount the lives of Tupac Shakur and Dolly Parton, there are a plethora of options to add to your collection.

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Upcoming Album Releases

As November 2023 arrives, a cornucopia of new albums is set to fill playlists and platters. Dolly Parton is among the artists with an upcoming album release, adding to the excitement and anticipation in the music industry.


Despite the false rumors and internet death hoaxes, Dolly Parton is very much alive and continues to make significant contributions to the music industry. Her impact, influence, and upcoming projects are a testament to her enduring legacy.

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