LEGENDARY country music singer Glen Campbell has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 81.Campbell died Tuesday around 10am local time in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer’s patients, his publicist Sandy Brokaw said.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.
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.He released his final album, fittingly titled Adios, in June this year.A video for the title track (written by his longtime collaborator Jimmy Webb) features his daughter Ashley packing up her father’s signature guitar and passing it onto other family members before his grandson Jeremy Olson sets it alight and puts it in the ocean for a ‘Viking’s funeral’.Ashley Campbell posted a tribute on her Instagram with a photo holding her father’s hand. “Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”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 LA.