Legendary ,singer ,Glen Campbell ,has ,died ,age 81Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as Rhinestone Cowboy and spanned country, pop, television and movies, has died at the age of 81.Campbell's publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville.No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.The late star's family released a statement, saying: '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.'Campbell was one of the biggest stars of the late 1960s and 1970s. He sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. He co-starred with John Wayne in the 1969 movie True Grit and had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS from 1969 to 1972. The singer came from the small town of Billstown, Arkansas, which to this day has a population of just over 2000 souls.Campbell was the seventh son of a sharecropping family, which boasted 12 children in total.He began playing guitar as a boy and was inspired by Django Reinhart before dropping out of school when he was just 14 years of age.He moved to Wyoming and played at various local bars before moving to Los Angeles and landing a gig with famous session musician group The Wrecking Crew. In 1964 Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys had a nervous breakdown and asked Campbell to replace him on tour. He had his first hit By the Time I Get to Phoenix in 1967. His career went from strength to strength with hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A., and Southern Nights.He sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. In 2011, at the age of 75, Campbell revealed he was battling Alzheimer's disease.He is survived by his eight children and fourth wife Kimberly Woolen.
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