Fact Check

Dolly Parton Is Not Dead, as Some Social Media Posts Claim

False rumors that Parton was dead reappeared after the death of her sometime songwriting collaborator Cynthia Weil in June 2023.

Published June 5, 2023

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Claim:
Singer Dolly Parton died in June 2023.

In early June 2023, we received a message from a reader that asked if Dolly Parton was dead. For years, numerous social media posts, YouTube videos, and obituaries have appeared, claiming that Parton had died.

These rumors were false — Parton is alive. No evidence was shown to prove the singer's death, no legitimate media outlets shared information about her death, nor was it announced on her social media profiles.