Her health was getting worse and she was stricken with abdominal bleeding at one point. Devastated and exhausted from her condition, Parton had to cancel her concerts, for which she received multiple death threats from angry fans.
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It seemed that the world was against her, and so she got desperate. Dolly said in her new book titled Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton that she was prepared to commit suicide, but you will never guess what stopped her:
I was sitting upstairs in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed in the nightstand drawer my gun that I keep for burglars. I looked at it a long time... Then, just as I picked it up, just to hold it and look at it for a moment, our little dog, Popeye, came running up the stairs.