‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ singer Glen Campbell dies at 81

US country star had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years

U.S. country singer Glen Campbell died on August 8th at the age of 81. The singer, famous for hits like 'Rhinestone Cowboy' and 'Wichita Lineman,' had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for several years. Video: PBS/E!/Vevo

 

US country singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81, his publicist said.

The singer, famous for hits including Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years.

Glen Campbell in concert in 2012. File photograph: Getty Images
Glen Campbell in concert in 2012. File photograph: Getty Images

His publicist Sanford Brokaw said he died on Tuesday in Nashville at an Alzheimer’s facility surrounded by his family.

A family statement said: “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 Campbell pictured in 2013. File photograph: Getty Images
Glen Campbell pictured in 2013. File photograph: Getty Images

“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; 10 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald.”

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