Country legend Glen Campbell dies
LEGENDARY country music singer Glen Campbell has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was 81.
Campbell died Tuesday around 10 AM local time in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients, Campbell's publicist Sandy Brokaw says.
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 musician perhaps best known for his 1975 hit, Rhinestone Cowboy, released more than 70 albums over a 50-year career.
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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 American television from 1969 to 1972.
Campbell's last Australian tour was in 2009 and was promoted as a 'Farewell to Australia'.
A return visit planned for August 2012, with Kenny Rogers, was cancelled a month before the dates began.
A statement at the time read "Due to a decline in his Alzheimer's condition his medical specialists have advised that the long international flight from Los Angeles would be detrimental to his health. No one had anticipated the travel complication or impact on coming to our distant locations."
The tour was going to be with country star Kenny Rogers.
Campbell announced in 2011 he planned to retire from touring before his Alzheimer's had truly set in.
His wife Kim said at the time Campbell was "still an awesome guitar player and singer" but added "if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage I wouldn't want people to think 'What's the matter with him? Is he drunk?"
Jimmy Webb, who wrote Campbell's iconic hit Wichita Lineman, toured Australia in June.
Campbell would also record Webb's songs By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Where's the Playground, Susie? and Galveston.
One fan said Webb's show was like a "beautiful love letter" to Campbell and he sang Campbell's Adios - another Webb composition.
Campbell's album Adios, his 64th, was released in June this year and was recorded between 2012 and 2013.
Campbell had to record the vocals line by line as his memory was failing, and the album was songs Campbell had always loved but never recorded.