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Dolly Parton and Honoree Kenny Rogers Backstage at the Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard Center, Connecticut.

In a tearful social media post, Dolly Parton remembered her friend and occasional duet partner, Kenny Rogers who, as we reported, passed away yesterday.

“You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone,” she said in the caption. “I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend. So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you.”

In the video, she says, “Well I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up and turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing. And they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away. I know that we all know Kenny is a better place than we are today. But I’m for sure he’s gonna be talking to God sometime today if he ain’t already. And he’s gonna be asking him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness going on here. But I loved Kenny with all my heart and my heart’s broken and a big ol’ chunk of it has gotten with him today. I think I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans when I say that I will always love you”

She continued, “Just happened to have this picture when I walked out this morning of us and I thought maybe I’ll hold that up to everybody. I know you’re as sad as I am. God bless you Kenny. Fly high straight to the arms of God. And to the rest of you, keep the faith.”

Watch this clip of Kenny and Dolly duetting on “We Got Tonight.”

We Got Tonight - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers live 1985

We Got Tonight - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers live in 1985 from the real live tour