Country Singer Glen Campbell Dead At 81

Glen Campbell Dead Long
Source: Getty

Aug. 8 2017, Updated 8:12 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

Country singer Glen Campbell died today at the age of 81, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

"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.

A rep for Universal Music Group, Glen’s record label, confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.

Article continues below advertisement

Over the course of six decades, Glen released 21 Top 40 hits, including “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman.” He also sold over 45 million records, outselling the Beatles in 1968, Rolling Stone reported.

From music, Glen transitioned to TV and acting. He hosted his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, from 1969 to 1972, which featured artists like Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson.

Glen Campbell

He also starred alongside John Wayne in the 1969 Oscar-winning film True Grit.

In his personal life, Glen struggled with both alcoholism and cocaine addiction. He married four times, and has five sons and three daughters. In 2011, the singer revealed he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Glen still managed to release another album just this year, Adios. In a 2014 documentary about Glen’s fight against Alzheimer’s, I’ll Be Me, Glen’s wife Kimberly Woollen credited music with helping Glen get through his final years.

“I could tell from his spirits that it was good for him. It made him really happy,” she said.


Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 OK!™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.