Country music’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” has passed away at the age of 81

He was the Rhinestone Cowboy that no one will ever forget.

Glen Campbell, the country music singer that brought us songs such as “Gentle on My Mind” and “Southern Nights,” has passed away at the age of  81. Glen has been battling the affects of Alzheimer’s disease since first being diagnosed in 2011. The news of his death was confirmed on his website August 8.

The post reads, “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.”

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Born in Delight, Arkansas, Glen was a singer, songwriter and actor for more than 50 years, releasing more than 70 albums and charting over 80 songs.

In addition to his signature song, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Campbell was known as the voice of some of songwriter Jimmy Webb’s compositions, including “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and “Wichita Lineman.”

Yet, perhaps he made his biggest impact after being diagnosed with the dreaded disease and releasing the candid documentary “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me,” which would go one to be nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 and a total of four Grammy Awards including “Best Soundtrack” in 2016.

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His final album, “Adios,” was released this past June featuring songs he recorded between 2012 and 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Kim, eight children and 10 grandchildren, as well as his three sisters and two brothers.

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