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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Rhinestone Cowboy Campbell dead at 81

Glen Campbell at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Glen Campbell at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as Rhinestone Cowboy and spanned country, pop, television and movies, has died. He was 81.

Campbell's publicist Sandy Brokaw said the singer died yesterday morning in Nashville, Tennessee.

A statement shared by representatives said the US star died following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Beloved

"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 tribute read.

"Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell, their three children - Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages - Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; 10 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace 'Shorty' and Gerald."

Campbell previously announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

Hits

He was one of the biggest stars of the late 1960s and 1970s. He sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits.

He went on to co-star with John Wayne in the 1969 movie True Grit and had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS from 1969 to 1972.

He won six Grammy Awards and had nine No. 1 songs in a career of more than 50 years.

He released a final studio album in June 2017, called Adios, that was recorded after the tour wrapped up.

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