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Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Kevin Jonas & More React to Country Star Glen Campbell’s Death

by Leena Tailor 3:05 PM PDT, August 08, 2017
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Celebs including country crooners Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton and pop star Kevin Jonas have paid tribute to Glen Campbell following news of the singer’s death on Tuesday.

“Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music,” wrote Paisley. “You were a shining light in so many ways.”

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“Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away,” tweeted Shelton. “My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.”

Jonas also expressed his condolences, calling Campbell, “a legend,” and adding the hashtag, #rhinestonecowboy.

Campbell died at the age of 81 following a long battle with Alzhiemer’s disease. The news was confirmed on the star’s website and Twitter account, with the singer’s daughter, Ashley, posting an emotional tribute to her dad shortly after.

“Heartbroken,” the young singer captioned a photo of her and her dad holding hands. “I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”

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Sheryl Crow noted the “huge loss in the world of music,” while Tim McGraw called his songs, "special." Dolly Parton meanwhile made a special video explaining why Campbell was “one of the greatest voices of all time.”

Keith Urban remembered Campbell with a touching personal anecdote, sharing in a statement, "The night I won my first ACM award, I got back to my hotel room and there was a fax on the floor: 'Welcome to the award-winning world, kid. You got it.' - Glen Campbell."

"Universal music, universal stories, universal spirit. No wonder he was a global superstar," Urban continued. "I love Glen for so many reasons -- but above all, for his humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and all of his extended family today. May peace be with you all. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen."

Nashville singer Austin Burke paid tribute to Campbell, describing him as a “true pioneer and legend of Country Music,” while fellow local, Chord Overstreet noted how he was inspired by the icon.

“So sad to hear about Glen Campbell passing,” the Glee star tweeted. “Your music always inspired me and many others. One of the kindest guys and best poets ever RIP.”

The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst meanwhile declared Campbell’s version of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” as “one of the emotional strings of my musical heart.”

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See more celeb tributes below.

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