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Glen Campbell Dead at 81

August 8, 2017
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The Rhinestone Cowboy is gone.

After a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease, music legend Glen Campbell died today at the age of 81.

"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," a statement from the family read.

Scoring over twnty hits in the Top 40 and over 25 country Top Ten singles, Campbell was one of the most popular pop-country crossover singers in the second half of the 20th century. In the 1960s, he released four platinum selling albums for Capitol Records, including his 1967 breakthrough LP Gentle on My Mind and his signature 1968 record, Wichita Lineman.

In his later years, Campbell remained active as he struggled with his health. In 2010, the singer announced his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and embarked on an extensive world tour, spending much of 2011 and 2012 on the road. That tour was documented by the 2014 film I’ll Be Me.

Campbell is survived by his wife and eight children.

Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.

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