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Award-winning musician Glen Campbell dead at 81

By Sam Howard
Award-winning musician Glen Campbell dead at 81
Glen Campbell performs at the Country Music Association Music Festival in Nashville on June 7, 2012. Campbell's website announced the musician's death Tuesday. He was 81. File Photo by Terry Wyatt/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 8 (UPI) -- American musician Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81, his official website announced Tuesday.

The singer and guitarist, who also dabbled in acting, had Alzheimer's disease.

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The website announcement said Campbell's surviving wife, Kim Campbell, would later release a statement of her own.

Campbell, an award-winning pop and country musician, was among the best-selling male solo artists in U.S. history. He released more than 70 albums and won six Grammy awards -- most recently in 2014 for the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."

In addition to his solo career, Campbell was an accomplished studio musician, working with acts like the Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, especially as a member of the acclaimed backing group known as the Wrecking Crew.

Campbell also starred alongside John Wayne in the 1969 western movie True Grit.

Campbell is survived by three children with wife Kim and five children from other marriages, along with a number of sisters, brothers, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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