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The “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer Glen Campbell has died at 81.
AOL reported that the famous country singer passed away on August 8 around 10 a.m. in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients.
A post on Campbell’s official Facebook page confirmed the death of the legendary singer and guitarist following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. The family also made a small request: “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page."
A heart-breaking documentary released in 2015, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," followed the singer and his family on his 2011 tour as his memory declined.
Campbell had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years even before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011. He lived full-time in the Nashville care facility where a family friend and personal sitter named Brody attends to him, along with his main caregiver. His wife, Kim Woolen, visited him daily.
Campbell has been previously married three times, all ending in divorce. In the early 80s, he also had a highly publicized relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker who was almost half his age.
The Arkansas-born musician released more than 70 albums, sold over 45 million records, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won 10 Grammy Awards and 10 Academy of Country Music Awards. Three of his songs – “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Gentle On My Mind” – were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
He has performed with legendary musicians, including Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley. Campbell also had several acting roles to his name -- he starred in "True Grit" (1969) with John Wayne and "Norwood" with Joe Namath.
Campbell is survived by Kim, his wife of 35 years, and their three children, and five children from previous marriages.