- Legendary Country Singer Glen Campbell Dies at 81
- Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell has died at age 81 after "a long and courageous battle" with Alzheimer's disease.
The statement said, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather."
The legendary guitarist announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011.
In 2014, a documentary film "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" was released, in which director James Keach followed Campbell on his farewell tour. The film centers on Campbell's struggles with Alzheimer's disease.
The film's theme "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" won Best Country Song at 57th Annual Grammy Awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
He was credited with paving the way for other country crossover artists such as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
Dolly Parton was among many stars who paid tribute to Campbell, describing him as "one of the greatest voices of all time".
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys said he was "very broken up" by Campbell's death.
"An incredible musician and an even better person," Wilson tweeted.
Singer Brad Paisley praised Campbell "for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music".
"You were a shining light in so many ways," he tweeted.
Glen Campbell is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 through June 1972.
He recorded and released 60 studio albums and seven live albums between 1962 and 2017. Campbell sold over 45 million records.
He made history in 1967 by winning 4 Grammys in the country and pop categories. Eventually, he won 7 times Grammy Awards (1967, 1968, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2014).
In 2005 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- source : BBC