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American Music Legend Glen Campbell performs at the Alzheimer’s Association Evening with Glenn Campbell at the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The evening was an opportunity for members of Congress to learn about the Alzheimer's epidemic. (AP Images for Alzheimer’s Association/Cliff Owen)

Country music star Glen Campbell has died


Country music star Glen Campbell has died at 81 years old following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to his website.

“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,” a statement that appeared on the website Tuesday said.

“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,” it added.

Tuesday’s statement that a personal statement from Kim Campbell is forthcoming, while “the family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time.”

Some Twitter users on Tuesday mourned the loss of Glen Campbell, who reportedly sold more than 50 million albums throughout a career stretching over half a century.

Campbell ranks among the most popular singers to cross over between pop and country music in 20th century’s second half, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The musician notched more than 20 hits in the top 40 and also scored 25 country top 10 singles as well.

Campbell first broke through with his rendition of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” in 1967.

The performer would then score multiple hits throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including versions of “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Galveston,” and “Sunflower.”

Campbell’s talents were not limited to music, as he hosted his own variety show and acted in several movies.

The singer was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and he ultimately earned a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 2012.

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