Country music has lost a legend. “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer Glen Campbell passed away at age 81 on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer’s.
The singer’s family confirmed the news, releasing the following statement: “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.”
Campbell released more than 70 albums in his iconic 50-year career, with many hits during the ’60s and ’70s like “Gentle on My Mind”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Country Boy” and many more.
The multi-Grammy winner was also an actor and host of “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” from 1969 to 1972.
Campbell is survived by his wife Kim Campbell and his eight children.
As the news broke Tuesday afternoon, Campbell’s name was trending on Twitter as tributes pour in: