Friday 25 May 2018

'Rhinestone Cowboy' Glen Campbell has died aged 81 after long battle with Alzheimer's disease

Recording artist Glen Campbell is photographed at his home in Malibu, California, U.S., August 4, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/File Photo
Recording artist Glen Campbell is photographed at his home in Malibu, California, U.S., August 4, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Glen Campbell (R) takes the stage with The Band Perry during a tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S.,February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
merican country music artist Glen Campbell performs during the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Harrison McClary/File Photo
Glen Campbell sings "Rhinestone Cowboy" during his tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Singer Glen Campbell has died aged 81, according to his publicist.

The singer behind the hits, Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and By The Time I Get To Phoenix, died on Tuesday.

A representative for Universal Music Group confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone.

Campbell enjoyed a career that spanned six decades.

FILE PHOTO: Glen Campbell (R) takes the stage with The Band Perry during a tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S.,February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Glen Campbell (R) takes the stage with The Band Perry during a tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S.,February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

He sold more than 45 million records, even outselling The Beatles in 1968.

"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 singer's family said in a statement.

merican country music artist Glen Campbell performs during the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Harrison McClary/File Photo
merican country music artist Glen Campbell performs during the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Harrison McClary/File Photo

Outside of music, he hosted a weekly variety show on CBS called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour in 1969.

He also starred alongside John Wayne in Paramount's True Grit, which saw him receive a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

Glen Campbell sings
Glen Campbell sings "Rhinestone Cowboy" during his tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

He is survived by his wife Kimberley and eight children.

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