Don Everly has released a statement on the passing of his little brother Phil, who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday. The elder Everly writes that the love they shared "will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had" during their wildly successful career together.
- "I loved my brother very much. I always thought I'd be the one to go first. I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extreme emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing. I took that as a special spiritual message from Phil saying good-bye. Our love was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I'm mourning my brother Phil Everly. My wife Adela and I are touched by all the tributes we're seeing for Phil and we thank you for allowing us to grieve in private at this incredibly difficult time."