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'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer Glen Campbell has died at 81

LOS ANGELES -- Legendary U.S. country music singer Glen Campbell, known for his 1975 hit "Rhinestone Cowboy," died aged 81, his family confirmed Tuesday on Facebook.

"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," the family wrote.

Campbell passed away at an Alzheimer's care facility in Nashville, Tennessee after battling the disease for more than five years, local media reported.

The singer first announced his illness in 2011. In 2014, he moved to Nashville for treatment, right before the premiere of "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," an award-winning documentary that followed him around the world on his farewell tour.

Remembered by many as a country music legend, Campbell was best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his first major hit in 1967 "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," the 1968 hit "Wichita Lineman," and "Rhinestone Cowboy" in 1975.

Campbell sold 45 million records, received 12 gold albums and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."

His final album Adios, recorded in 2012, was released in June this year.

He is survived by his wife Kim Campbell and their three children — Cal, Shannon and Ashley — as well as five children from previous marriages — Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon.

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