Glen Campbell Has Passed

Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell has passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers. He was 81. The passing was confirmed on Campbell's official Facebook and on his website here. An Arkansas native, Campbell is best known for hits including "Gentle On My Mind," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights." During his career he won six Grammys, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, nine ACM awards and two CMA awards, among other honors.

Before his success as a solo artist, Campbell was an in-demand session musician and member of the famed "Wrecking Crew" of Los Angeles studio pickers. In the early '60s he played on recordings by artists including Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He also played guitar on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album and was a touring member of the band.

Campbell hosted the TV show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1969-1972. He helped launch the careers of Anne Murray and Jerry Reed, who were series regulars, and later, Alan Jackson, who wrote for Campbell's publishing company in the early '90s. Campbell was inducted into the CMHOF in 2005. In 2013, the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me offered a look into his personal life as he fought Alzheimer's after being diagnosed with the disease in 2011.

Campbell is survived by his wife Kim Campbell, their three children Cal, Shannon and Ashley; five children from previous marriages – Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dillon; 10 grand- and great-grand-children; sisters Barbara, Sandra and Jane; and brothers John Wallace “Shorty” and Gerald. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through CareLiving.org.