Dolly Parton denies stomach cancer reports: ‘I love and appreciate everyone’s concern’

Country singer, 69, says she had kidney stones removed three weeks ago

Country singer Dolly Parton has addressed recent rumours about her health.

The music icon, 69, has released a statement, via Billboard, denying that she has stomach cancer. Instead, she says that she had kidney stones removed three weeks ago.

She wrote: “It is true that I had kidney stones,” she said. “I had them removed three weeks ago and I am doing just fine!”

“There is absolutely no truth at all that I have stomach cancer,” Parton added. “I love and appreciate everyone’s concern.”

Meanwhile, US network NBC is making a TV movie based on Dolly Parton’s upbringing and autobiographical song ‘Coat Of Many Colors’.

Originally released as the title track from the singer’s 1971 album ‘Coat Of Many Colors’, the song tells the story of how Parton’s mother stitched together a jacket made of rags for her young daughter while recounting the biblical tale of Joseph’s coat of many colours. Parton performed ‘Coat Of Many Colours’ during her well-received Glastonbury set last summer and she has often described it as her favourite song she has written.

Parton will serve as an executive producer on the TV movie, which will be titled Coat Of Many Colors after the song. Deadline reports that NBC has slated it for next season, meaning it will air at some point between September 2015 and May 2016.

Coat Of Many Colors is one of several TV movies based on Parton songs in the works at NBC after the singer signed a development deal with the network in January. Parton could appear in several of the films, which will feature her music but aren’t being conceived as musicals.