Glen Travis Campbell brought country music to new audiences. He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included several smash hits. He announced he was suffering with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.
Celebrities, friends and fellow musicians responded to the death of country legend Glen Campbell with heartfelt tributes on social media.
Campbell, who died after a long decline from Alzheimer’s disease, died Tuesday. He was 81.
His daughter, singer Ashley Campbell, tweeted she was “heartbroken,” with a picture of her holding her dad’s hand.
“Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love,” she said in her post.
The mourners included former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Campbell’s native state.
“Glen Campbell was one of the great entertainers and musicians of our time. Sad to learn of death of a great Arkansan and American,” Huckabee tweeted.
U.S. Sen. John McCain paid tribute to a fellow Arizonan; Campbell lived in Phoenix for two decades.
“Saddened by the passing of Glen Campbell, a great entertainer, a great man & a great Arizonan – thanks for the memories!” his tweet said.
Dolly Parton was among the top stars paying tribute.
“Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!” she tweeted.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys tweeted about “my friend.” Campbell played guitar on Pet Sounds and joined the band on the road.
“I’m very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person. I’m at a loss. Love & Mercy,” Wilson posted.
Carole King weighed in: “RIP Glen Campbell – a great singer and musician who wrote and chose to cover great songs,” she tweeted.
“I love Glen for so many reasons – but above all, for his humanity,” tweeted Keith Urban, with a link to his loving, lengthy tribute on Facebook.
Rest in “rhinestoned peace,” said Kacey Musgraves.
Songwriter Jimmy Webb, who penned many of Campbell’s biggest hits, called him “the American Beatle.”
Ellen DeGeneres mourned the implications for music.
“Country music will never be the same. Sending love to Glen Campbell’s family,” she posted.
Tim McGraw hailed Campbell’s “songs, songs, songs.”
“Man, in a world of good stuff, his was great, in a world of great stuff, his was special!” he wrote, accompanied by a photo of Campbell as a young man.
“We lost a music legend today. Rest in peace, Glen Campbell. Sending love and prayers to his family,” Rascal Flatts tweeted.
“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,” Charlie Daniels wrote.
“Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways,” Brad Paisley added.
“What a loss. A great voice, great guitarist,” Rosanne Cash mourned.
“Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family,” added Blake Shelton.
“I lost a great friend today and the world lost a great talent. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell,” tweeted Tony Orlando.
“Dear Glen Campbell Rest In Peace As well as your incredible musical abilities you were one of the most down to earth ppl I have ever known,” tweeted Peter Frampton.
“RIP Glen Campbell, a true gentleman genius – You will forever be gentle on our minds!” tweeted actor Ed Helms
The hashtags #ripglencampbell and #rhinestonecowboy started popping up, as in guitarist Kevin Jonas’ tweet tribute.
“So sad that Glen Campbell has passed such a legend. #ripglencampbell #rhinestonecowboy,” his read.
“Huge loss in the world of music today. Rest In Peace, Glen Campbell,” said Sheryl Crow.
“Truly sad to hearing of the passing of @GlenCampbell. What a towering talent & a tenderhearted, delightful man. Sending his family my love,” tweeted Kathie Lee Gifford.
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