Legendary country icon, Glen Campbell has passed away at the age of 81. The ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ singer died on August 8 in Nashville, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Glen Campbell has passed away at the age of 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, according to TMZ, which claims the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer died at a Nashville facility for Alzheimer’s patients. The official Instagram account for the country icon, as well as his official website, confirmed his death on August 8, with a heartfelt message. “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 account captioned a photo of Campbell. [Scroll down to see the full post].
The account also provided information on where friends, family and fans can send well wishes too. “In lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org,” the statement read. Campbell’s wife, Kim, is expected to make a personal statement. While the family appreciates prayers, they have asked for their privacy at this time.
Glen is survived by his wife and 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 [information via Instagram].
Glen’s daughter, Ashley also took to Instagram on August 8 to address her father’s passing. “Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be,” Ashley wrote, adding, “He will be remembered so well and with so much love.” The young blonde posted a photo that showed her by Glen’s bedside, holding his hand.
Having released more than 70 albums in his decades-long career, Glen made history in 1967 when he won four Grammys in the country and pop categories. He was also named CMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 1968. He was known for hits such as, “Adios” and “Gentle on My Mind”. Glen also dabbling in the acting world, with his most recent camera appearance in the 2014 documentary, “I’ll Be Me”. The film showed Glen’s farewell tour and his battle with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Glen also made headlines in the 1980’s, when he struck up a romance with fellow country singer, Tanya Tucker, 58.
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