Glen Campbell

Legendary musician and entertainer Glen Campbell has passed away. He was 81.

The sad news came via a post on Campbell’s Facebook page, stating, “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 is survived by his wife Kim and their three children; his five children from previous marriages; 10 grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra and Jane; and brothers Gerald and John Wallace. 

Friends and family members are paying their respects on Twitter.

"Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love," tweeted Ashley Campbell. 

"Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!" tweeted Dolly Parton. 

"I love Glen for so many reasons - but above all, for his humanity. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen," tweeted Keith Urban. 

"RIP Glen Campbell - a great singer and musician who wrote and chose to cover great songs," tweeted Carole King. 

Donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund via BrightFocus Foundation on the donation page at Careliving.org. His family is asking for donations instead of flowers. Campbell told the world he had Alzheimer's Disease in 2011.

Campbell is famous for his county music and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. His career goes well beyond country music, though, with film, television and pop music.

Campbell, whose trademark song is 1975’s “Rhinestone Cowboy,” hosted the CBS variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968 to 1972. He picked up the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969. 

Campbell also appeared in the John Wayne film True Grit and scored a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. He contributed the movie’s theme song, which was nominated for an Oscar. Campbell, of course, also picked up a slew of Grammy Awards over the course of his prolific career.

Before stepping out into the spotlight, Campbell earned respect as a busy session guitarist in Los Angeles. With the studio session group often called “The Wrecking Crew,” Campbell performed guitar on a bevy of legendary recordings, including the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Campbell also performed in the Beach Boys’ band on tour in 1964 and 1965.

Following Campbell’s announcement about having Alzheimer’s, he released Ghost on the Canvas and went on tour for what he called the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. That tour ran through November 2012 and had some of Campbell’s children performing in his band.

Campbell was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Our thoughts are with Campbell’s loved ones during this difficult time.