Country legend Glen Campbell dies at 81 following Alzheimer's battle

Glen Campbell, the country singer known for hits such as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Country Boy," has died at 81.

Campbell died Tuesday around 10 a.m. in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer's patients. A post on his website confirmed the heartbreaking news:

"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 ... In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page."

The family added: "A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time."

Glen Campbell through the years
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Glen Campbell through the years
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Glen Campbell (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Glen CAMPBELL; Posed portrait of Glen Campbell (Photo by RB/Redferns)
Singer Glen Campbell playing guitar as host of the NBC television show The Midnight Special episode which was broadcast on October 24, 1975 after The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
1967: Singer Glen Campbell poses for a portrait playing a Martin acoustic guitar in 1967. (Photo by (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 06: Photo of Glen Campbell. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American country & western singer Glen Campbell, circa 1967. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
SHINDIG - Airdate: June 9, 1965. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) GLEN CAMPBELL
Glen Campbell (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Crooner Al Martino poses with country singer Glen Campbell in the recording studio on January 12, 1969 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Glen Campbell and Kim Darby sitting on a bench looking into one anothers eyes in a scene from the film 'Norwood', 1969. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)
American country singer Glen Campbell performing on the BBC's 'Young Generation' TV show, UK, circa 1970. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
American country singer and actor Glen Campbell on the set of the film 'Norwood', 1970. (Photo by Henry Gris/FPG/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Musician Glen Campbell attends the rehearsals for 43rd Annual Academy Awards on April 14, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) Hollywood, California: Singer Glen Campbell (right) and composer, conductor, arranger, trumpeter Quincy Jones are shown at the 13th annual Grammy Awards ceremony here.
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Barbara Eden and Glen Campbell on THE GLEN CAMPBELL SHOW. Image dated November 18, 1971. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 7: Musician Glen Campbell attends Capitol Records Party for Glen Campbell on February 7, 1977 at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 7: Musician Glen Campbell attends Capitol Records Party for Glen Campbell on February 7, 1977 at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
1977 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - Gallery - Airdate: January 31, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: LOU RAWLS;HELEN REDDY;GLEN CAMPBELL
Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker during Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Party at NBC's Burbank Studio in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL WEMBLEY Photo of Glen CAMPBELL, Glen Campbell performing on stage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
CANADA - MAY 15: Glen Campbell (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Musicien Glen Campbell attends Heriage Museum Benefit Gala on February 21, 1987 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Glen Campbell at the Gaylord Center in Nashville, TN (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Glen Campbell plays at the Ray Charles Funeral service held at the First AME Church Los Angeles on June 18, 2004 in los Angeles, California. (Photo by Genaro Molina-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Musician Glen Campbell poses with his wife Kimberly Woolen and son Dylan Campbell before the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
Glen Campbell (right) and wife Kim *Exclusive* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Glen Campbell and guest during 20th Century Fox's 'Walk The Line' New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals at Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Kim Campbell, Glen Campbell during Glen Campbell portrait session at The Regency Hotel in New York, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Glen Campbell during Glen Campbell portrait session at The Regency Hotel in New York, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, though he had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years. He lived full-time in the Nashville care facility where he was cared for by a family friend and personal sitter named Brody along with his main caregiver. His wife, Kim Woolen, visited him daily.

A heartbreaking documentary released in 2015, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," followed the singer and his family on his 2011 tour as his memory declined.

The Arkansas-born musician released more than 70 albums, sold over 45 million records, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and won 10 Grammy Awards and 10 Academy of Country Music Awards.

He has performed with a slew of legendary musicians, including Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley. Campbell also has several acting roles to his name -- he starred in "True Grit" with John Wayne and "Norwood" with Joe Namath.

Campbell is survived by his wife of 35 years Kim, daughters Ashley, Debbie and Kelli and sons Cal, Dylan, Kane, Shannon and Travis.

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