Alzheimer’s and Country Music Lose a Voice with Glen Campbell’s Passing

Glen Campbell’s passing broke the hearts of country music lovers everywhere. With his classic hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on my Mind,” and “Wichita Lineman” Campbell has made a musical legacy for himself.

The Star’s career unfortunately had slowed down immensely with his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in 2011. According to Randy Lewis of the LA Times, Campbell had likely been “experiencing the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s for years before he and Kim (his wife) chose to let the world in on the news.” This was largely due to his wish to continue performing for as long as possible.

In 2014 the documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” was created as a final goodbye and a close to the beloved singer’s career. The documentary had a large impact on the Alzheimer’s movement and challenged the stigma that the illness has always retained. Along with his music, Campbell’s advocacy for those troubled with Alzheimer’s will not soon be forgotten.

Watch the “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” documentary trailer here.

For the LA Times article, “Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s battle added a heroic coda to a pop-country star’s life” by Randy Lewis, please click here.





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