After a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, country music icon Glen Campbell passed away in Nashville on Tuesday at the age of 81. The news was announced via his official social media pages and website:
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.
Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page.
A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow.
The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time.
Campbell needs no introduction, really, as there were few in the entertainment world more renowned or universally celebrated as him — so in the wake of news of his death, a number of poignant tributes were made from all over the spectrum. Including his daughter, country musician Ashley Campbell, who shared this touching photo on Twitter:
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
Other tributes came in from the likes of Dolly Parton:
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
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
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
Former President Bill Clinton:
Glen Campbell was an iconic American artist & fellow Arkansan. His legacy will be his great talent & how he decided to live with Alzheimers.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) August 9, 2017
The Country Music Hall of Fame:
We remember the night when Glen Campbell received his Medallion as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, May 7, 2006. pic.twitter.com/gKfem6Zb6q
— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) August 9, 2017
Logntime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora:
Hey god bless Glen Campbell!!!! Such a big influence on me… Thanks Glen.. you'll live on…
— RICHIE SAMBORA (@TheRealSambora) August 9, 2017
Steve Lukather of Toto:
We lost a legend and hero of mine yesterday.
One of the all time greats + a gentle nice man!
Glen Campbell RIP …
— Steve Lukather (@stevelukather) August 9, 2017
Very sad to see Glen Campbell go after a long goodbye. He and his music will always be with us. Thanks, Glen. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/bTOi68SW5j
— Clint Black (@Clint_Black) August 9, 2017
Country star Jason Aldean:
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) August 9, 2017
Sad to hear Glen Campbell passed. He was a GREAT guitar player, and a great person. Rest in peace my friend- Thanks for all the music.
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) August 9, 2017
God bless and peace and love to Glen Campbell thanks for the music The real rhinestone cowboy and love to all his family 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶👏☮️
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 9, 2017
Glen Campbell is legendary, timeless & will forever have a huge mark on country music. We send our love and prayers to his family & friends.
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) August 9, 2017
So very sorry to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. It's the end of an era of tremendous talent. RIP
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) August 9, 2017
Zac Brown Band:
Glen Campbell was an amazing performer, musician &, more importantly, a great dude. He will be missed.
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) August 9, 2017
I grew up listening to Glen Campbell and his music helped influence my love of great lyrics and great melodies. Rest in peace!
— Sara Evans (@saraevansmusic) August 9, 2017
— Michael E. Love (@MikeLoveOFCL) August 9, 2017
RIP, Glen. You were my first employer as a writer. We were all in awe of your musicality. https://t.co/WjvYWGNGl7
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 8, 2017
— Alan Jackson (@OfficialJackson) August 8, 2017
Glen Campbell RIP https://t.co/fR6vdCXXb9
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) August 8, 2017
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 8, 2017
And many, many more. Clearly, as seen by the wide array of different artists and genres represented above, Campbell’s influence was as far-reaching as any. He’ll truly be missed.
— Alzheimer's Assoc. (@alzassociation) August 8, 2017
May he rest in peace.