NASHVILLE, TN — Country music pioneer Glen Campbell has died, the singer’s family has confirmed. He was 81.
“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 family announced in a released statement on Tuesday.
Campbell, best known for his hits “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”, won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and recorded 75 chart topping hits over the course of his career.
News of the country star’s passing resulted in an outpouring of heartbreak on social media from celebrities who considered Campbell a legend in the country music industry.
“Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years
May you rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten,” Charlie Daniels wrote on Twitter.
“Very sad day as one of the world’s greatest voices has fallen silent this side of heaven. Thank you Glen Campbell for the gift you gave us,” tweeted Steven Curtis Chapman.
“Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!” Dolly Parton said in a video uploaded to her Twitter and Facebook page.
In an interview in April, Campbell’s wife Kim spoke of his faith, which he had developed after years of battling drugs and alcohol. “Faith has always been the central part of our relationship. I’m so pleased that as Glen has entered the later stages of this illness, it’s evident that he has retained his awareness of God. That really comforts me to know that he has that sense of God’s presence in his life, that he’s not alone,” she said.
Campell is survived by his wife, Kim, and 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.
Funeral arrangements are pending.