Dolly Parton released a statement this week explaining a recent health scare as kidney stones and reassuring fans she is well following a tabloid story claiming the star’s close friends fear she has stomach cancer.
“It is true that I had kidney stones. I had them removed three weeks ago and I am doing just fine!” Dolly said on her website October, 14, 2015. “I am back to work and last week I was at Dollywood filming parts for my new movie “Coat of Many Colors,” which premieres December 10th on NBC. With the 30th Anniversary of Dollywood, I did a full week of activities promoting my new DreamMore Resort’s opening. There is absolutely no truth at all that I have stomach cancer. I love and appreciate everyone’s concern.”
Set in 1955, “Coat of Many Colors” is an inspirational story based upon true events in the life of the Parton family at about the time Dolly was nine years old. Jennifer Nettles will play Dolly’s mother Avie Lee Parton and Alyvia Lind will play young Dolly.
Parton made time in her busy schedule to thank University of Tennessee’s Pride of the Southland Marching Band for performing a halftime tribute to her during the game against Georgia, playing her hits “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors” and “9 to 5.” Her message was played on the big screen at Neyland Stadium. Parton herself played in a marching band when she was a student at Sevier County High School.