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Country legend Glen Campbell dies at 81 after battle with Alzheimer's disease

(FILE)

Officials announced Glen Campbell's death Tuesday at age 81.

According to his Facebook page, the Rhinestone Cowboy died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Campbell is remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary country singer and guitarist.

Campbell is survived by his wife Kim, who lives in Nashville; three children Cal, Shannon and Ashley; children from previous marriages Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon.

Campbell also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; his sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace and Gerald.

Family members asked for donations to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund or BrightFocus Foundation in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made through the family's Careliving.org page.

His wife, Kim Campbell, plans to give a personal statement at a later time.

Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young said Campbell was a delight to all who heard him.

"Had Glen Campbell “only” played guitar and never voiced a note, he would have spent a lifetime as one of America’s most consequential recording musicians," Young said. "Had he never played guitar and “only” sung, his voice would rank with American music’s most riveting, expressive, and enduring. He left indelible marks as a musician, a singer, and an entertainer, and he bravely shared his incalculable talent with adoring audiences even as he fought a cruel and dread disease. To all of us who heard and loved his soulful music, he was a delight."

Reactions to Campbell's death

"Sorry to hear about my good friend Glen," Roy Clark said. "We made a lot of good music together over the years. He was one of the greatest guitar players ever."

"Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years" Charlie Daniels said. "May you rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten."

And fans close to home were devastated by Campbell's death. One Fox 17 News viewer shared her fondest memories:

"Growing up as a young girl, I heard his music everywhere my grandpa's house; in the car on the radio our house it was playing everywhere," Maria Canaday said. "Those old vinyl records everyone's favorite music back in that time and till his last song!"

Some country artists reacted to the news by expressing their condolences on Twitter.


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