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Glen Campbell Passes Away from Alzheimer's as Celebrities Grieve on Social Media
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9 Aug 2017 03:13 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Glen Campbell (Image Source: Screenshot)

Those that follow music news knew this was coming soon. Glen Campbell was slowly slipping away to Alzheimer's disease, and Tuesday was finally the end as he passed away at age 81.

The Arkansas native was one of 12 children and started learning the guitar when he was still very young. He moved to Albuquerque to join his uncle's band and a few years later, in 1958, started his own band.

After making his way to California, he signed a record deal in 1962. He toured with the Beach Boys for a few months, taking Brian Wilson's place, and even played guitar on the band's iconic Pet Sounds album.

Throughout the remainder of the 60s and much of the 70s he had a string of hits, including "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Southern Nights," and "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Campbell appeared in movies, including True Grit and Any Which Way You Can," and also on TV, even having his own show from 1969 through 1972, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

He was married four times throughout his life and had eight children over several decades. He also famously dated fellow singer Tanya Tucker, who was two decades younger than him. His last marriage was to Kim Woollen in 1982, and they remained married until his death.

In 2011, Campbell announced his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and went on a final tour, with his final show being a year later. He was transferred to a long-term care facility in 2014, and some of his older children sought legal action against Kim for keeping him away from them.

After his death, condolences from family, friends, and other celebrities poured in to social media outlets.

"Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love." – Ashley Campbell

"Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways." – Brad Paisley

"Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!" – Dolly Parton

"Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family." – Blake Shelton

"Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell." – Sheryl Crow

"Besides being an amazing solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician – as part of the Wrecking Crew – playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. He was pure talent, heart, and courage. Rest In Peace brother. You brought us a lot of joy." – Lenny Kravitz

"I lost a great friend today, and the world lost a great talent. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell." – Tony Orlando

"Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years. May you rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten." – Charlie Daniels

"RIP Glen Campbell, a true gentleman genius – You will forever be gentle on our minds!" – Ed Helms

"We lost a music legend today. Rest in peace, Glen Campbell. Sending love and prayers to his family." – Rascal Flatts

"RIP Glenn Campbell. A wonderful musician & man. Glad we met. Support @alzassocation to find a cure! My mom is still suffering with it." – Michael Chiklis

"Country music will never be the same. Sending love to Glen Campbell's family." – Ellen DeGeneres

"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

"I am so sorrowful, one of the most talented souls in the music world has passed ... #GlenCampbell" – Melissa Etheridge

"RIP Glen Campbell – a great singer and musician who wrote and chose to cover great songs." – Carole King

"So very sorry to hear this. Glen was such a talented, great guy. Thankful to have known him." – Kenny Rogers

"Glen Campbell was such a huge influence on me. Growing up, I studied his writing, songs and how he was an 'entertainer's entertainer' ... Ride on Rhinestone Cowboy. God Bless." – Billy Ray Cyrus

Reading through the comments, it's obvious how much of a mark he left on so many lives both with his talent and the kind of person he was. RIP Glen Campbell.

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