"Rhinestone Cowboy" Singer Glen Campbell Dead at 81

"Rhinestone Cowboy" Singer Glen Campbell Dead at 81
Veteran country singer, actor and media personality Glen Campbell has succumbed to a long battle with Alzheimer's, passing away at the age of 81.

According to TMZ, the performer died today (August 8) at 10 a.m. local time in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients. Campbell had been staying in the facility since 2014 and revealed he was diagnosed with the disease back in 2011.

Campbell was best known for his 1975 megahit "Rhinestone Cowboy," though that was just the peak of a deep discography that included more than 70 albums. Other popular singles from the artist include "Gentle on My Mind," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and "Country Boy."

Campbell hosted the variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1969 to 1972. Other entries into the world of film and television include the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which documented the artist's struggle with Alzheimer's.

His intended farewell album, 2011's Ghost on the Canvas, featured the likes of Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard, the Replacements' Paul Westerberg and Jakob Dylan.

Campbell is survived by his wife Kim and his eight children.