Glen Campbell Dead At 81
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:42:02
Country music legend Glen Campbell has passed away following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. He was 81.
Over five decades, Campbell became known as one of music's greatest songwriters. From his most famous track "Rhinestone Cowboy" to "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston", the country legend will be remembered as an artist who connected the worlds of country and pop. He sold more than 45 million records, won five GRAMMYs, and had 75 chart hits. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014.
A personal statement from the musicians website reads:
"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."
Musicians across the world have begun to weigh in on Campbell's passing. Dolly Parton said, "Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!" Brian Wilson added, "I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I'm at a loss. Love & Mercy." Peter Frampton said, "Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known."
The loss of Glen Campbell will be felt across the music community and his family. The songs that made him famous will continue to live on.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff