Glen Campbell's death ends a medical journey that started in Minnesota

Campbell chronicled his Alzheimer's treatment at Mayo Clinic in a 2014 documentary.
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Glen Campbell's 60-year career in country and pop music has ended with his death, following a long fight with Alzheimer's disease, his family announced Tuesday.

Campbell, who was 81, released more than 70 albums, had 21 Top 40 hits, and once won four Grammy awards in a single year (1967), Rolling Stone reports.

He was also an actor and hosted a television variety show.

Response to Alzheimer's 'incredibly powerful'

There were plenty of fans of Campbell's music, but at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic he was hailed for what he and his family did to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and the impact it has on both patients and caregivers. 

Campbell was diagnosed at Mayo in Rochester in 2011 by Dr. Ronald Petersen, who heads the clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Instead of shirking from the diagnosis, the Campbell family faced it head on. Glen Campbell launched a farewell tour and his family chronicled his experience – including lots of consultations with Petersen and other Mayo staff – in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which you can watch right now on Netflix.

Dr. Petersen said in a Mayo Clinic blog post the Campbell family's decision to go public with his diagnosis was really important for the field of Alzheimer's research. 

"I think that’s incredibly powerful for making people aware of what the disease is and at the same time showing that you can live with it,” he said. 

A song that Campbell wrote for his final tour, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," contains the lyric, "I'm still here but yet I'm gone," and became the theme for the tour.

Campbell's survivors include his wife Kim, eight children, and 10 grandchildren. 

The family has asked that donations be directed to a Glen Campbell Memorial Fund through CareLiving.org

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