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Breaking News: Singer Glen Campbell, ‘The Rhinestone Cowboy’ Dead At 81

ABC News reports that Glen Campbell, known to be one of music’s most successful and versatile entertainers, has died at age 81 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement on his website.

“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 statement read. “The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time.”

Campbell revealed his diagnosis in 2011 and began his retreat from public life shortly after the announcement.

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

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