The legendary ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ dies at 81 (video)

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Country singer Glen Campbell passed away on Tuesday, August 8. The famous “Rhinestone Cowboy” was 81-years-old.

Campbell’s publicist, Sandy Brokaw, announced the singer’s passing, saying Campbell died in Nashville on Tuesday morning. The singer had been battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to his official website.

Glenn Campbell had a long and successful career, in various areas of the entertainment world.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Campbell was one of the biggest stars on the music scene.  Selling over 45 million records, Campbell chalked up 12 gold albums and 75 chart-topping hits.

In 1969, he starred in “True Grit” alongside western legend John Wayne.

Also starting in 1969, and running until 1972, Campbell hosted the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on CBS. The hour-long variety show had a weekly audience of around 50 million people.

On his website, the following statement was released:

Glen Travis Campbell

1936-2017

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 can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page.

A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow.

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

On his official Twitter account, the latest posting reads: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81.”

Followers responded with messages of sorrow and fond memories.

Country music legend Dolly Parton also tweeted about Campbell’s passing, writing: “Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!”

She included a video that noted Campbell’s talent.

Campbell’s website includes this memorial video:

Others who died Monday include:

  • Barbara Cook, who was one of Broadway’s leading ladies, and later, a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died at the age of 89.
  • Haruo Nakajima, the actor who played the original Godzilla in the 1954 Japanese classic, has died at the age of 88.
  • Actor Ty Hardin, who starred as the gunman Bronco Layne in the TV Western series “Bronco,” has died at the age of 87.

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