Burns said his 27-year-old brother, Cody, died in a crash near his Stephenville home.
A report in the Star-Telegram said Burns and another passenger were thrown from a truck when he lost control of the vehicle and it flipped a few times.
The passenger is in critical condition.
Burns and the passenger were not wearing seat belt, Joel told the paper. A third occupant of the vehicle, who was wearing a seat belt, had no serious injuries.
Burns' funeral is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Crowley. Burns will be laid to rest at the Crowley Cemetery.