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Glen Campbell, the singer-guitarist whose perfect blend of country and pop made for such hits as “Gentle on My Mind,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” has died. He was 81.
Campbell’s official website announced the news of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s death.
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 announced he was ill in June 2011 and was moved to a private-care facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients near Nashville in April 2014.
In addition to “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” Campbell scored with yet another Jimmy Webb-penned hit, “Galveston.” His renditions of Larry Weiss’ “Rhinestone Cowboy” and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights” each made it to No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.
His daughter, country singer Ashley Campbell, posted a photo of their linked hands along with the caption: “Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be.”
Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love. pic.twitter.com/1Z8mm8Jzth
— Ashley Campbell (@ashcambanjo) August 8, 2017
Following the news of his death, fans and stars showed their respect for the country star.
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
Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell. https://t.co/vexA1kYixX
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) August 8, 2017
RIP Glen Campbell, a true gentleman genius – You will forever be gentle on our minds!
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) August 8, 2017
Truly sad to hearing of the passing of @GlenCampbell. What a towering talent & a tenderhearted, delightful man. Sending his family my love.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) August 8, 2017
There will never be another rhinestone cowboy like this one. Prayers are with Glenn Campbell & his family. So sad to hear of his passing. pic.twitter.com/GoNt3QfdVh
— T H E S P R I N G S (@TheSpringsBand) August 8, 2017
Very sad to hear of the passing of Glen Campbell.
Photograph taken late 70’s. pic.twitter.com/JRQoRrz3R5
— Terry O’Neill (@Terry_ONeill) August 8, 2017
There’ll never be another song creator & deliverer like the mighty Glen Campbell. Iconic voice, incredible melodies, unmatched storyteller.
— The Secret Sisters (@thesecretsister) 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
There r so many but I think my favorite Glen Campbell Jimmy Webb song is Wichita Lineman. 1 of best songs ever written
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) August 8, 2017
RIP 1 of my favorite singers Glen Campbell. Glen singing the songs of Jimmy Webb is songwriting+singing masterclass
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) August 8, 2017
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
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
I lost a great friend today and the world lost a great talent. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell.
— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) August 8, 2017
RIP Glen Campbell, 81.
The Rhinestone Cowboy who melted hearts, broke hearts & sang from the heart.
What a singer, what a life. pic.twitter.com/KV8vIO1PJD
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 8, 2017
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
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
RIP Glen Campbell…Our Thoughts & Prayers To His Family, Friends & Fans… pic.twitter.com/lw1HP59bd7
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) August 8, 2017
#RIPGlenCampbell – Your memory and music will live on forever
— Keith Walker (@KWalkerCountry) August 8, 2017
R.I.P. To the great Glen Campbell who leaves a trail of music from Beach Boys to solo and so much more. Thank you for sharing your gift pic.twitter.com/ZjNYuc6IVk
— Brian Ray (@brianrayguitar) August 8, 2017
— Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) August 8, 2017
Rest in peace Glen Campbell. You touched all of our lives with your music and you will be greatly missed.
— Montgomery Gentry (@mgunderground) August 8, 2017
— Payton Taylor (@PaytonTaylor129) August 8, 2017
Wow… just heard Glen Campbell passed… sad day for music
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) August 8, 2017
Sad to hear of Glen Campbells passing but so very grateful for his amazing talent and unique brilliance. RIP Glen. pic.twitter.com/LdXj9buEeA
— Terry McDermott (@TerryMacMusic) August 8, 2017
God Rest You Glen Campell, a Great Guy,fun to be around, &heckuva great guitar player soloist on the hits. Loved working 4you,RIP LoveCK. pic.twitter.com/DoUY2xLEA9
— Carol Kaye (@OKAY44Time) August 8, 2017
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) 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
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 8, 2017
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