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Ashley Campbell, daughter of legendary musician and renowned Christian Glen Campbell, has shared a touching tribute to her late father on social media.

“Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be,” Ashley posted to Instagram shortly after news of her 81-year-old father’s death – which came after a multi-year bout with Alzheimer’s. “He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”

Ashley followed in her father’s footsteps as a country singer-songwriter, additionally shared a photo of her clutching the hand of her father, who rose to prominence as one of the most popular genre acts of the 20th century. Best known for his 1975 hit, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ he also had over 20 hits in the U.S. Top 40 while releasing 25 Top 10 singles on the country charts.

“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,” a statement read on Glen’s website.“

Campbell was a musical legend that impacted multiple genres. According to Rolling Stone:

“In his youth, Campbell started playing guitar and became obsessed with jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He dropped out of school when he was 14 and moved to Wyoming with an uncle who was a musician playing gigs together at rural bars. He soon moved to Los Angeles and by 1962 had solidified a spot in the Wrecking Crew, a group of session pros. In 1963 alone he appeared in 586 cuts, and countless more throughout the decade including the Byrds’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ Elvis Presley’s ‘Viva Las Vegas,’ Merle Haggard’s ‘Mama Tried’ and the Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.’”

“Campbell was married four times, and has five sons and three daughters. Despite his career successes, he struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction. In the early ‘80s, he had a tempestuous, high-profile relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker, who was 22 years, his junior.”

Little did he know how quickly his life would change. In 1981, he became a born-again Christian, and in 1982, he married Kimberly Woollen, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who helped Campbell clean up his life.

He eventually turned to hymns.

“I love singing gospel music and hymns. Being a Christian, I love to tell people about Christ and what he’s done for me and can do for them,” Campbell said in 1990.

But his demons still followed him and struggled with the party scene that came along with fame. He struggle with a raging cocaine addiction before he turned his life over to Christ.

He told Guideposts:

“I had promised Kim that cocaine would not be part of our marriage. I tried and prayed, but I didn’t keep that promise. One night, shortly after our first child Cal was born, some musician friends were in town and I stayed up till dawn doing cocaine with them,” Glen said. “When I got home Kim was heartbroken and furious and I was afraid she was going to take Cal and leave. I can’t say I would have blamed her but I think it would have torn my heart out.”

“As I had done so many times before, I begged the Lord to deliver me. I don’t understand why, but that day it was as if Jesus reached down and pulled my hand back from the cocaine. I never touched the drug again.”

He also struggled with alcohol addiction. He used to joke with his pastor about how much wine they drank in the Bible.

“’Jesus turned water into wine,” I’d remind him. He’d look at me, shake his head and say, ‘Glen, when you can change water into wine, then maybe you can drink it,” Glen said.

“When God lifted my obsession for alcohol it was as if the raised the curtain on a whole new life. He changed me in ways I never could have changed myself, and that is the key. Kim and I have a real marriage now, and honest marriage,” Glen said. “Today, I truly have a peace ‘which passeth all understanding.’ I really don’t understand it. But I thank the Lord all the time. I am a man richly blessed, despite myself. For all that God has given me, there is nothing for which I am more thankful than Kim.”

When Glen finally acknowledged the need of a Savior, and accepted Jesus Christ as that Savior, he was saved and his life was transformed forever.

We are thankful for Glen’s time on earth and will forever hold onto his legacy as not only a famed country music star, but also the impact of Christ in his life and how transformative that power really is.

Glen is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; 10 grandchildren, great – and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace ‘Shorty’ and Gerard.

Actor John Heard, known best for his iconic role as dad Peter McCallister in the “Home Alone” films, was found dead in a hotel. He was 71. The cause is under investigation.

The Palo Alto Police Department told PEOPLE that a man fitting Heard’s description was found dead at a local hotel.

“I can confirm that our officers responded with the Fire Department to a hotel in our city yesterday on a report of a person in need of medical aid,” the police spokesperson said. “The person was determined to be deceased. While still under investigation, the death is not considered suspicious at this time.”

According to TMZ, he was discovered by the hotel’s cleaning service.

The website states that John’s representative revealed that he had been staying in the hotel while he recovered from “minor back surgery” on Wednesday.

Heard’s acting career began in the mid-1970s in an off-Broadway play and he turned to film during the 1980s. He landed several lead roles during this time with “Chilly Scenes of Winter,” “Big,” “Heart Beat” and “The Pelican Brief.” He worked in the film “Awakenings” with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Yet he’s best remembered as Macauley Culkin’s dad in the smash hit “Home Alone” franchise.

“Home Alone” was based the clever Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin. On the eve of a family trip to Paris, Kevin McCallister, played by Culkin, throws a tantrum his mother, played by Catherine O’Hara, tells him to sleep in the attic. The family mistakenly leave for the airport with Kevin and he, in turn, believes his wish for no family has come true. Then the excitement begins when two con men, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, choose the McCallister residence to rob. Kevin stands his ground to out with his visitors.

Heard was also known for his Emmy nominated role in 1999 for a guest starring role on HBO’s, The Sopranos, as Vin Makazian, a corrupt New Jersey detective.

Stars reacted to the news on social media. “Sad to hear of John Heard’s passing,” wrote actor Elijah Wood — who worked as a young boy with Heard in 1992’s “Radio Flyer.”

“John Heard- what a wonderful actor. We were in the movie Cutter’s Way together & I got to experience his artistry and dedication first hand,” said Jeff Bridges.

Jon Fletcher added: ” RIP John Heard. You will always be the dad I wish I had so I could accidentally be left at home and also end up in New York.”

“RIP John Heard,” wrote Oscar nominee Michael McKean. “Never not good.”

Heard recently made appearances on television shows like Modern Family and MacGyver. He had a number of upcoming film projects as well, according to published reports. “Living Among Us” and the “Last Rampage” with Heather Graham was in production.

“Every actor wanted to be as intense as him,” wrote actor Daniel Stern, who co-starred alongside Heard as the goofy robber Marv Merchants in the “Home Alone” franchise. “He was defiant, he was poetic, he was ridiculously generous and he was charismatic as hell.”

John is survived by his three children, Jack, Max and Annika.

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Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide at his private Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County on Thursday. His body was found by his housekeeper around 9 am.

He was 41.

Bennington’s interest in music began at a young age, with bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Depeche Mode being his early inspirations. Unfortunately, a troublesome problem with drug abuse also began early, and after experiencing his parents’ divorce at age 11, he began abusing cocaine, meth, LSD, alcohol, and marijuana—a problem which would come to periodically haunt him.

In an interview later in life, Bennington revealed that he had been sexually abused by an older male friend from the age of seven to thirteen, but was afraid to ask for help.

His difficulties weren’t confined to the home. Bennington was also bullied at school, and was “knocked around like a rag doll…for being skinny and looking different.”

“When I was young, getting beaten up and raped was no fun,” he said, in a 2011 interview with The Guardian. “I remember that stuff happening to me at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”

He found solace, however, in art, poetry, and songwriting—outlets which would later serve him well.

After a frustrating experience singing in a band called Sean Dowell and His Friends?, everything changed for Bennington when vice president of A&R at Zomba Music offered him an audition with the other future members of Linkin Park. Sensing an opportunity, Bennington immediately quit his job at a digital services firm and moved with his family to California.

After a successful audition, Linkin Park—called Xero for a time—was born.

Bennington’s first musical triumph came in October of 2000, when Linkin Park released their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” singing songs that dealt with “everyday emotions you talk about and think about,” according to an interview with BBC Radio.

It was the band’s album, “Meteora,” that cemented Linkin Park’s place in history, becoming the most successful alternative album of all time, selling over 27 million copies worldwide as of 2013. “Meteora” is also ranked 36 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of the Decade.

Linkin Park’s propensity to combine alternative metal, nu metal and rap rock with alternative rock and electronica gave them a unique sound that has been described by Rolling Stone as “risky, beautiful art.”

Bennington poured the very real pain of his childhood into his music, distilling those emotions into an unmistakable sound, creating signature, fan-favorite songs like “Crawling” and “Numb,” tapping into the angst of millions of youths.

But his music didn’t just inflame angst—it soothed it. In a 2002 interview with Rolling Stone, Bennington said that “It’s easy to fall into that thing – ‘poor, poor me’, that’s where songs like ‘Crawling’ come from: I can’t take myself. But that song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don’t say ‘you’ at any point. It’s about how I’m the reason that I feel this way. There’s something inside me that pulls me down.”

Bennington’s unique vocal style, which traded the roar of traditional metal for clear vocals made his music “socially valuable,” according to Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian. Althea Legaspi of Rolling Stone expounded on this, writing that “Bennington’s voice embodied the anguish and wide-ranging emotions of the lyrics, from capturing life’s vulnerable moments to the fury and catharsis found in his belted screams, which he would often move between at the turn of a dime.”

With Bennington’s help, Linkin Park sold more than 70 million records, won two Grammy Awards, became one of the greatest bands of the 2000s and became the first rock band to exceed a billion YouTube views.

That’s no small feat.

While Bennington’s personal legacy is immense, his personal legacy carries just as much weight. On Twitter, Jimmy Kimmel wrote that “Chester was one of the kindest men I’ve had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly.”

Bennington’s bandmate, Mike Shinoda, also Tweeted about the lead singer’s death, writing that he is “Shocked and heartbroken.” Governor John Kasich, a fan of Linkin Park, wrote that he “Met Chester in Columbus & he was kind enough to call my daughters on the phone. This is a sad day.”

Bennington’s death came mere days before the band was scheduled to start a new world tour after the release of their latest album, “One More Light.” The singer was reportedly grieving for musician Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, and had trouble finishing the song, “One More Light” in rehearsal and live recording.

Bennington leaves behind six children from two wives—Elka Brand and Talinda Ann Bentley.

Michael Bond

Michael Bond, the British author who gave the world Paddington Bear, has passed away after a prolific, six-decade writing career. A statement from his publisher, HarperCollins, said that “It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of one of Britain’s best-loved children’s characters, Paddington, died at home yesterday aged 91 following a short illness.”

The first of this beloved series of children’s books, which would go on to sell more than 35 million copies across the world, began simply: “Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform. IN fact, that was how he came to have such an unusual name for a bear, for Paddington was the name of the station.”

Bond published this first book of the series, called “A Bear Called Paddington,” in 1958, and didn’t stop writing until his death. His final story, “Paddington’s Finest Hour,” became available in April.

Born in January of 1926, Bond grew up in Reading, Berkshire, where he often visited Reading railway station to watch the steam-powered passenger train chug by—this cultivated in him a great love of trains.

Bond found himself dissatisfied at school, and left education at age 14, going on to work in a legal office, as an engineer’s assistant for the BBC, and even, for a short while, as a member of the aircrew in the Royal Air Force at age 17, serving in the British Army until 1947.

It was while Bond was stationed in Cairo with the army that he began writing, selling his first short story to London Opinion in 1945. Upon this success, he realized that he “wouldn’t mind being a writer,” according to an interview with The Guardian.

In 1958, while working as a cameraman for the BBC, Bond finally published the book which would define the rest of his career, and the world was introduced to “A Bear Called Paddington,” a bear from “Darkest Peru,” sent by his Aunt Lucy to the UK, jar of marmalade in hand.

By 1965, Bond’s writing income was such that he was able to give up his job at the BBC to write full-time. He went on to publish for an astonishing 59 years, much to the delight of both children and adults. His books have been translated in over 40 languages, and have inspired movies and a television series.

Bond was an author intimately connected to his fiction. “Paddington’s very real to me,” said Bond in a Guardian interview. “I think it’s something bears have. So he comes around with me in spirit and I think an awful lot of stories start because you see a sign or you hear some conversation and you think, ‘what if?’”

Bond also drew inspiration from a very different sort of experience—seeing evacuated children coming through the Reading train station during WWII. What Bond said to The Guardian of his memory of these poor children says much of his own caring heart.

“They all had a label round their neck with their name and address on and a little case or package containing all their treasured possessions. So Paddington, in a sense, was a refugee, and I do think that there’s no sadder sight than refugees.”

Bond’s enthusiasm for life, his curiosity, and his imagination also made their way into Paddington. Asked why he thought Paddington Bear remained so popular for so long, Bond replied that, “Paddington is eternally optimistic and always comes back for more, no matter how many times his hopes are dashed. For him, it’s simply the joy of a little bear who is an outsider getting into scrapes and mishaps – always with the best of intentions – and coming out on top every time.”

Bond wasn’t limited to his beloved bear, however, and was the author of more than 200 books, as well as an assortment of plays and screenplays. He was also a beloved father. His daughter, Karen Jankel, called him “the most wonderful father you can imagine” after his death, going on to say that “the whole world is lucky to have him.”

For this man, whose life was wrapped up in the written word, there could be no better legacy. He touched the hearts of millions of readers, young and old, and raised his own family with that same gentle love. The warm tributes that have poured in from all over the globe have been testament to this.

He will be missed.

CEO of HarperCollins, Charlie Redmayne, had a few final words to say of Bond in a statement released by the publisher.

“Michael Bond was one of the great children’s writers and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to have known him. He was a wonderful man and leaves behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.”

Bond is survived by his wife, Sue, as well as his children, Karen and Anthony.