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8 August 2017, 22:23
The legendary singer and songwriter Glen Campbell has passed away, aged 81.
Most famous for his 1975 hit ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and the classic ‘Wichita Lineman’, Campbell died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his family confirmed.
The news was confirmed with a statement on Campbell’s official website.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81 https://t.co/zSv4RqjK4H— Glen Campbell (@GlenCampbell) August 8, 2017
Campbell made his name as a session guitarist in the 1960s, particularly as part of the famed 'Wrecking Crew', who provided the musical backing for artists like The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and the records of Phil Spector.
But it was the haunting 'Wichita Lineman' that made Campbell's name as a solo artist, in the late 1960s. He had a global hit in 1975 with 'Rhinestone Cowboy'.
Campbell's private life often made the headlines, from his substance abuse to his tempestuous romantic affairs. But by the time the new millennium rolled around, he was more settled. In 2005, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and continued to release new music.
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and embarked on his farwell tour the following year. In the statement released with the news of his death, Campbell's family described his battle with the condition as "long and arduous".