Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer, bids us goodbye as he succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease. He died Tuesday at 81 years old. Campbell’s music label, Universal Music Group, confirmed his death.
“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.
Campbell is the voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and more. For a career that spanned for six decades, he sold over 45 million records. Even outselling the Beatles In 1968 in one of his biggest years.
Campbell is definitely one of the most talented artists in the music industry offering various talents and careers as a guitarist, singer and television host. He was successful in most of his endeavors.
A few weeks ago, we have written about his battle with Alzheimer’s disease and his struggles to live his day-to-day life. He was diagnosed last 2011 but despite all that. Glen and his family continued to fight. Glen was awarded a Grammy for his song, I’m Not Gonna Miss You two years ago, followed by a documentary film that featured his real-life struggles living with Alzheimer’s.
For his final tour in 2014, he allowed a documentary crew to film the award-winning I’ll Be Me. This made him a public face for the disease. Former President Bill Clinton suggested that this would one day be remembered even more than his music.
Just last June, Glen released his last album, “Adios”. The bittersweet yet suitably titled album was recorded after his Goodbye Tour from 2011-2012. It is his final musical compilation that included some of his forgotten hits and collaborations with his daughter, Ashley, as well as other artists.
We all know how hard you have fought and we look up to you, your strength and courage to fight the disease. I don’t want to say that your final tour and final album “Adios” were premonitions of your demise but you definitely left us with a lasting legacy and beautiful memories with your songs and music.
May you rest in peace, Glen Campbell and condolences to your bereaved.[like_button]