Glen Campbell’s Brave Fight With Alzheimer’s
Glen’s family talks about his illness in revealing Country Weekly cover story.
In 2011, Glen Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with the debilitating Alzheimer’s disease, as he prepared to embark on a farewell tour and release the album Ghost on the Canvas. In the two years since his diagnosis, the Country Music Hall of Fame member, whose classics include “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” now requires constant attention, has problems speaking and can no longer tour.
In the June 24 issue of Country Weekly, Glen’s wife, Kim, their daughter Ashley and Glen’s producer Julian Raymond share their feelings and insights about living with Alzheimer’s and how Glen’s illness has affected their daily lives. This exclusive cover story also recalls the events that led to his diagnosis and details what lies in store for Glen’s future.
Kim shares that Glen suffers side effects such as anxiety, agitation and depression. “One time, he couldn’t use the television remote,” Kim says. “He knew what it was but couldn’t figure out how to use it. And he got so agitated that he threw the remote at the television.”
Daughter Ashley, a musician herself who toured with her dad in 2011, reveals that Glen would often forget the words to his own songs while onstage. “It’s heartbreaking to see this disease robbing him of what he does best,” she says.
As far as the future, Kim cannot answer with any certainty. “I just go day to day and try to keep him happy and healthy,” she says.
To read the full story of Glen’s courageous fight, pick up the June 24 issue of Country Weekly, on sale June 17.