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Don Warden, longtime manager of Dolly Parton, dies at age 87

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/14/2017
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Dolly Parton presents the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Parton’s My People Fund has issued monthly checks to hundreds of people who lost their homes in deadly wildfires that ravaged East Tennessee in 2016. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Dolly Parton presents the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Parton’s My People Fund has issued monthly checks to hundreds of people who lost their homes in deadly wildfires that ravaged East Tennessee in 2016. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don Warden, the longtime manager of Dolly Parton who met the young country singer when she joined "The Porter Wagoner Show," has died. He was 87.

Kirt Webster, spokesman for Parton, confirmed Monday that Warden died on Saturday. No location or cause of death was provided.

Parton said in a statement posted on her website Monday that Warden was "like a father, a brother, a partner and one of my best friends." She called him "Mr. Everything."

Warden was a self-taught steel guitar player who was a founding member of the Porter Wagoner Trio and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.

When Parton left the popular TV show in 1974, Warden remained her manager for nearly five decades.

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