As the news of Burt Reynolds’ death started to spread on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 6), country stars rushed to social media to reflect on the life of the leading man in so many stories on both big and small screens.
Dolly Parton was one of the first to share her heartfelt condolences, after having worked with Reynolds on the 1982 comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Parton was the madam Mona Stangley to Reynolds’ sheriff Ed Earl Dodd.
“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt‘s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff,” Parton wrote, “rest in peace my little buddy and I will always love you, Dolly.”
Brad Paisley took the time to cover Don Williams’ “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” and telling the world that Reynolds taught country boys how to be cool.
Reba shared the silverscreen with Reynolds, too. In 1993 they co-starred in The Man From Left Field. She shared her goodbyes, along with the other stars who had a connection to Reynolds, including Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, Mark Wills, Big Kenny, John Rich, Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 6, 2018
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
Extremely sad to hear about the passing of Burt Reynolds.. Possibly my favorite personality of all time. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 7, 2018
Goodbye for now my friend! You were truly one of a kind. Working with you on “Reel Love” and getting to call you “Dad” is a time I will cherish forever. Til we meet again. #RIPBurtReynolds #BurtReynolds #loveyou #goodbyemyfriend pic.twitter.com/EyYGWAIkz9
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) September 6, 2018
— Mark Wills (@MarkWillsMusic) September 6, 2018
— Big Kenny Alphin (@BigKennyTV) September 6, 2018
— John Rich (@johnrich) September 6, 2018
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) September 6, 2018
God Bless and RIP to THE BANDIT. Burt Reynolds was a living legend on screen and a philanthropist off screen. Rest easy. pic.twitter.com/hRcga0oP9m
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) September 6, 2018
Editor’s note: CMT will air encore presentations of The Bandit the 2016 documentary about Smokey & the Bandit through the weekend. The encore presentations are set for Friday (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET and Saturday (Sept. 9) at 12 p.m. ET following an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Without a Paddle will also air on Friday following the 10 p.m. airing.