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Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster passed away last night (2/20) after a brief illness. He was 87.

Foster was the founder of Monument Records and played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison.

Parton stood on stage and paid tribute to the man who “saw things in me that nobody else did.” Foster was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Dolly posted on her socials this afternoon, “I am heartbroken that my friend Fred Foster has passed on. Fred was one of the very first people to believe in me and gave me chances no one else would or could. We’ve stayed friends through the years and I will miss him. I will always love him.”

Instagram post by Dolly Parton * Feb 21, 2019 at 9:34pm UTC

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-Nancy Brooks