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9 Aug 2017

Entertainers Mourn As Popular Singer is Confirmed Dead

United States country singer, Glen Campbell famous for hits like 'Rhinestone Cowboy' and 'Wichita Lineman', has died on Tuesday at Nashville Alzheimer's facility at 81.
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Legendary American singer, television host and actor, Glen Travis Campbell, who is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday. 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 ... following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease," a Facebook statement said.

Campbell is best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-'60s to the late '80s: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Southern Nights" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" among them.

He was also famous for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," a TV variety show that ran from 1969 to 1972.
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Before he became a solo star, Campbell was one of the music business' most in-demand session guitarists, known for his astonishing speed and his brilliant ear.

Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz and other musicians flooded Twitter with tributes to Campbell.

"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," said fellow country star Charlie Daniels.

"RIP my dear old friend Glen Campbell. Music has lost a giant of a man & a talent. I shall be forever grateful for everything he did for me," said singer Anne Murray.

The singer's daughter, Ashley Campbell, said she is "heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love."

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