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Country star Glen Campbell has died, aged 81

Country star Glen Campbell has died, aged 81.

A representative for his record label, Universal, confirmed that the musician had passed away earlier today (August 8).

In a statement, Campbell’s family said: “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 a career that spanned six decades, the musician released 21 Top 40 hits including ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, as Rolling Stone reports.

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 sold over 45 million records worldwide and even managed to outsell The Beatles in the year of 1968.

He was born in Billstown, Arkansas in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles in 1962 where he joined the Wrecking Crew group of sessions musicians. With them, he played on records by the likes of The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and The Righteous Brothers.

In 1964, he joined the Beach Boys on tour when Brian Wilson was no longer capable of playing bass and singing high harmonies following a breakdown. He released his own first hit in 1965 – a cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ‘Universal Soldier’.

Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2005 and released his final album ‘Adios’ earlier this year. It features covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Harry Nilsson among others, which were recorded on his farewell tour in 2014.

Tributes have begun to the musician following the confirmation of the news. Peter Frampton tweeted: “As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.”

“Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away,” wrote Blake Shelton. “My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.”

Chord Overstreet added: “So sad to hear about Glen Campbell passing. Your music always inspired me and many others. One of the kindest guys and best poets ever RIP.”

Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known.

— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) August 8, 2017

Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 8, 2017

So sad to hear about Glen Campbell passing. Your music always inspired me and many others. One of the kindest guys and best poets ever RIP.

— Chord Overstreet (@chordoverstreet) August 8, 2017

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Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten

— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 8, 2017

Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways.

— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 8, 2017

09/08/2017 00:15:03
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