Published: Wednesday 09 August, 2017

‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Glen Campbell Dies at 81 from Alzheimer’s Disease

Country music legend Glen Campbell is dead. Popularly known as the ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ because of his hit song of the same title, Glen Campbell died at 81 years old after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

RIP Glen Campbell

RIP Glen Campbell: ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ singer dead at 81. (Instagram/glencampbellofficial)

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” said the statement from his family announcing his death.

The full statement is as follows:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald.

In lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org.

A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow.

The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time.

Glen Campbell died of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2011, he told the world that he was diagnosed with the disease six months earlier. Campbell said symptoms had been occurring for some time before the diagnosis, and it seemed the disease was progressing quite rapidly.

Campbell was a country pop superstar known for such hits as ‘Gentle On My Mind’, ‘By the Time I get To Phoenix’, and ‘Wichita Lineman’, among other chart-busting records. But his biggest-selling song was ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ in 1975.

In all, Glen Campbell released more than 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records during his career. He also earned gold and platinum record awards, and five Grammys.

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