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Country Music Loses Another Legend

Some incredibly sad news has gripped the Country music community. Country music legend Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81. Campbell has had a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and he passed away in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients. As AOL shares, the heartbreaking news was confirmed in a post on the star’s website.

“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,” the post read in part.

Campbell, best known for hits such as "Country Boy" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2011. He had been suffering from short-term memory loss for a number of years prior to his diagnosis. A stirring documentary released in 2015, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," struck a ton of chords, as it followed the singer and his family on a 2011 tour as his memory declined.

“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,” the post continued.

Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 2005. During his legendary career, he sold more than 45 million records and built a catalogue that spans more than 70 albums. He also took home an impressive 10 Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as 10 Grammy Awards.

“In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page,” the post added. “A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time.”

Throughout his career, Campbell performed with a veritable who’s who of music industry royalty, including Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Nat King Cole. Hollywood would also come calling during his time in the spotlight, and he would deliver a number of memorable roles. Highlights include appearing alongside the iconic John Wayne in “True Grit,” and a memorable performance in “Norwood,” which also featured Joe Namath.

Rhinestone Cowboy, Campbell’s most memorable hit, was released in 1975. The song was previously written and released by Larry Weiss, but it didn’t capture much attention. Campbell heard the tune on the radio, and it immediately resonated with him. It’s been noted that Campbell identified very strongly with the song’s memorable lyrics and premise, namely that it’s time to kick things up a notch when the chips are down in the game of life. Campbell’s rendition was a smash hit that gained massive crossover appeal, as it simultaneously topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts in September 1975.

Prayers and thoughts go out to Campbell’s family, friends, loved ones and fans on the loss of this member of Country music royalty.

Source: AOL
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