Glen Campbell, the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer from Delight, Arkansas, a mainstay of music and television for decades, has passed away, his family announced on Facebook on Tuesday (August 8th). He was 81 years old. His family released a state on Facebook 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,” continuing to say “following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.” You can read the families full statement below as well as the statement from his record label Big Machine Label Group.
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 for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org.
A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow.
The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time.
Big Machine Label Group Statement:
“Everyone at the Big Machine Label Group is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Glen Campbell. Glen was a superstar of the highest order and a multi-threat talent as a singer, entertainer, world-class guitar virtuoso, actor and, of course, a great family man.
Glen and his family so bravely chose to publicly share their fight with Alzheimer’s through the James Keach-produced I’LL BE ME documentary which helped engage millions of people who face the realities of this terrible disease. We were honored to release his final recordings on the GRAMMY-winning and Oscar-nominated I’LL BE ME soundtrack, produced by our very own Julian Raymond.
Even in his final act, Glen’s star touched so many.”
– President/CEO Scott Borchetta and the Big Machine Label Group Family