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Dolly Parton leads tributes after Rhinestone Cowboy legend Glen Campbell dies at 81

By Francesca Gosling

Country music legend Dolly Parton led emotional tributes to "one of the greatest voices of all time," Glen Campbell, following his death aged 81.

The nine-time Grammy-winner (right), best known for hit tracks Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, died on Tuesday morning in Nashville, following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The I Will Always Love You singer (71), posted a video message on Twitter and wrote: "Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!

"Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted. Glen is one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business and he was one of the greatest musicians. He was a wonderful session musician as well - a lot of people don't realise that but he could play anything really well - he was just extremely talented."

His death comes two months after the release of album Adios, featuring songs from his Goodbye Tour, which he undertook following his diagnosis in 2011. The record made it to number three in the UK charts

Recording since the 1960s, the Arkansas-born star was also known for hits Honey Come Back (1970), All I Have To Do Is Dream (1969) and Southern Nights, which featured on the soundtrack to this year's film Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.

He also acted, starring alongside John Wayne in True Grit (1969) and was Jesse Dalton for a stint in TV series Players (1997).

His family wrote on his website: "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, aged 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace "Shorty" and Gerald.

"The family appreciates your prayers and respect."

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