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'Rhinestone Cowboy' superstar Glenn Campbell dead at 81

Glen Campbell (far right) takes the stage with The Band Perry during a tribute during his final public appearance at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February, 2012. (Reuters file photo)

NASHVILLE - Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

In the late 1960s and well into the `70s, the Arkansas native seemed to be everywhere, known by his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No.1 songs with Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.

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