Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after “a long and courageous battle” with Alzheimer’s disease, his family said.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather,” their statement said. The legendary guitarist announced his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011. A self-taught prodigy, he rose from an impoverished childhood in Arkansas to sell 45 million records.
Campbell made his name in the music business as one of the top session guitarists in Los Angeles, working for producers like Phil Spector and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. The peak of Glen Campbell’s career was in 1975 when he topped the charts around the world with Rhinestone Cowboy.