Country icon Glen Campbell dead at age 81

Glen Campbell (AP Photo)

(WIBW) - Country music legend Glen Campbell has died. The 81-year-old had a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

TMZ first reported the news that Campbell passed away Tuesday morning at a Nashville care facility. The family later confirmed the news in a statement posted on Campbell's official Facebook account.

"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," the statement read. "The family appreciates your prayers and respect for their privacy at this time."

Campbell was widely known for songs including "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman."

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011. His farewell tour was chronicled in the 2014 documentary "I'll be Me." A song from the documentary, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," chronicled his struggles with the disease and was viewed as his goodbye to fans and loved ones.

Campbell was one of the biggest stars of the late 1960s and 1970s. He sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. He co-starred with John Wayne in the 1969 movie “True Grit” and had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on CBS from 1969 to 1972.

Campbell's final studio album, "Adios," was released June 9, 2017. It was recorded in 2012 and 2013.

The family requests memorial donations in Campbell's honor to support Alzheimer's research.