Dolly Parton, Ringo Star and Miley Cyrus are among the many stars paying tribute to country music legend Glen Campbell, who died on Tuesday (August 8) at the age of 81 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
The music legend was behind songs such as ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘Wichita
Lineman’ and ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, amid a glittering career that saw him release over 70 albums and sell 45 million records.
He was credited for paving the way for huge country music singers like Parton and Kenny Rogers, and the ‘9 to 5’ hitmaker called ‘one of the greatest voices of all time’ whilst Rogers penned a tribute for Rolling Stone Country, writing ‘Glen was an exceptional guitar player and he became an exceptional singer.’
God bless and peace and love to Glen Campbell thanks for the music The real rhinestone cowboy and love to all his family ✌️☮️
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 9, 2017
Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen! pic.twitter.com/LQFEWA42lF
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) August 8, 2017
RIP, Glen. You were my first employer as a writer. We were all in awe of your musicality. https://t.co/WjvYWGNGl7
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 8, 2017
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 8, 2017
I’m very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I’m at a loss. Love & Mercy.
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 8, 2017
Besides being an amazing solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician – as part of the Wrecking Crew – playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. He was pure talent, heart, and courage. Rest In Peace brother. You brought us a lot of joy. @glencampbellofficial
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In a statement posted to his official website, Glen’s cause of death is said to have been a result of his 2011 diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease, with which he fought a “long and courageous battle”.
The statement read: ‘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.
‘In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page. (sic)’
Glen released his final album ‘Adios’ – which was a compilation of covers recorded prior to his retirement – earlier this year.
His passing comes after he retired from the music industry in 2011 following his Alzheimer’s diagnoses, which his daughter Ashley described at the time as “really good” for his health.
She said: ‘I think this has been really good for him. Before the announcement, people were thinking, ‘He’s drunk. He’s using again.’
‘Now it’s more of a supportive thing as opposed to an angry, critical thing.
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.