While country music fans, including Nashville’s music community, filled social media timelines with messages of sorrow and heartbreak over the Aug. 8 passing of the legendary Glen Campbell, his own family was coming to grips with the loss of their patriarch.

And it breaks your heart all over again.

The Care Living Instagram page, hosted by Glen’s wife Kim, shared the official announcement and obituary, along with an image of her husband in his younger days.

It is with 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. A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation, which will support Alzheimer’s research and education. BrightFocus drives innovative research worldwide and promotes awareness to defeat Alzheimer’s. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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Glen’s daughter, Ashley, shared a tender photo on her Instagram page of her hand with her father’s hands, fingers intertwined, and said, “I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”

Son Dillon, a gifted poet, shared an original piece written for his father on his Facebook page.

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Glen passed away on at the age of 81 after a long and very courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. We first learned of his diagnosis in 2011 before he launched his farewell tour that wrapped in late 2012. Towards the end of the tour, the disease was taking its toll on his mental capacity, but didn’t seem to affect his musicianship. In fact, in 2013 he was able to write and record “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” in the advanced stages of the Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s may have denied him his ability to miss his family and fans, but we will most definitely miss him.

The staff of Rare Country joins the entire country music community in extending our deepest sympathies to all of the Campbell family.

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Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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