Country songwriter Floyd Estel Parton -- younger brother of icon Dolly Parton -- has died at age 61.
Parton's death was confirmed by an obituary posted on the Atchley Funeral Home in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which noted that Parton died on Dec. 6, calling him a "A renaissance man...a man of many talents and areas of knowledge. He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook. Floyd was a talented songwriter and composer."
Parton, who was born on June 1, 1957, was one of 12 children born to Robert Lee Parton Jr. and Avie Lee Caroline. He is survived by Willadeene (78), David (76), Coy Denver (75), Dolly (72), Bobby (70), Stella (69), Cassie (67), Randy (64) and Rachel (59), as well as several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. At press time, Dolly Parton had not commented on her brother's death, and a spokesperson for the singer could not be reached for comment on the cause of death.