Folk pop icon Glen Campbell passed away this past Tuesday, August 8; and while the world mourns for the loss of the legend, it celebrates a rich legacy the singer, songwriter, and television host has left behind.
A number of celebrities have taken to social media in recent days to express their feelings for his loss, such as Tim McGraw, who posted on Twitter: “Songs, songs, songs… Man, in a world of good stuff, his was great, in a world of great stuff, his was special!”
Charlie Daniels, legendary country star and friend, said, “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,” while Canadian 70s pop singer Anne Murray noted, “RIP my dear old friend Glen Campbell. Music has lost a giant of a man & a talent. I shall be forever grateful for everything he did for me.”
Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 81 just six years after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
In an official statement, his family wrote, “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, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Campbell was born in Billstown, Arkansas on April 22, 1936. He is best known for his hits in the “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Wichita Lineman,” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.”