Dolly Parton is mourning the death of her longtime manager, Don Warden, who died on Saturday (March 11th) at the age of 87. Parton met Warden when she was on The Porter Wagoner Show. After she parted ways with the show in 1974, Warden managed her career for almost 50 years.

Parton posted a message on her website yesterday (Monday, March 13th) writing, “I’ve known and loved Don Warden since I joined The Porter Wagoner Show in 1967. He was like a father, a brother, a partner and one of my best friends. I feel like a piece of my heart is missing today. Certainly a huge piece of my life is gone. Rest in peace Don and know for sure that I will always love you.”

Warden was a founding member of the Porter Wagoner Trio and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.

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