County music legend Glen Campbell has been transferred to an Alzheimer’s facility.
Campbell has been suffering from the disease since 2011.
Million of families who have cared for a loved one with the disease probably have some appreciation for what the singer/guitarist’s family and friends are going through, in addition to Campbell himself.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, through it all, the musician released new albums (Ghost in the Canvas and See You There) and embarked on one final tour in 2012. His daughter Ashley said last year that her father’s dimentia-related illness is “robbing him of what he does best.”
Campbell and his family felt it was best to make his condition known to his fans. “The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible, and said he didn’t want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.”
Of the current situation, a family friend said that “He was moved to an Alzhemier’s facility last week. I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We’ll know more next week.”
A documentary called Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me about Glen Campbell’s final tour makes its debut tonight at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival.
Last month, Glen Campbell — who turns 78 on April 22 — received the inaugural Glen Campbell Courage Award at an Alzheimer’s Association event in California. Among many honors, he won four Grammys in both the country and pop categories in 1967 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He has released more than 70 albums, 12 of which went gold. Campbell is perhaps best known for hits such as “Gentle On My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”