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Country Music Icon Glen Campbell Dies at 81

08-08-2017
Glen Campbell

Country music legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday at the age of 81.

Campbell had been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2011.

The singer and musician rose to superstardom in the 60s and 70s, winning five Grammys, selling more than 45-million records and starring in the movie "True Grit" with John Wayne.

He had a weekly audience of some 50-million people for the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS from 1969 to 1972.

He released more than 70 albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs.

Over the years, he was married four times as he struggled with the trappings of fame, drank heavily, and used drugs.

But Campbell returned to his faith as a Christian believer, sharing his story and musical talent with CBN on "The 700 Club." 

Campbell is survived by his wife and eight children.

"I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be," daughter Ashley Campbell wrote on Twitter. "He will be remembered so well and with so much love."

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