Campbell has entered “Stage 7” Alzheimer’s after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease in early 2011. He has returned to a permanent care facility in Nashville after spending some time back at home with his family.
A documentary called Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me followed Campbell and his family during the difficult time after his diagnosis, showcasing the singer’s amazing musical talents, which, despite his worsening condition, shone bright during his farewell tour. He recorded his last song in 2013, the haunting “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which won the Grammy for Best Country Song.
Campbell’s successes permeated music, television and film throughout his career. He starred alongside acting greats like John Wayne, hosted his own popular television show for 4 seasons and won dozens of awards for his music and acting.
His children have since taken up his musical exploits, both joining him as his band on the road and in their own right. Daughter Ashley Campbell is currently signed to Big Machine as a solo artist.
Glen and his family continue to fight Alzheimer’s disease through his I’ll Be Me Alzheimer’s Fund, a charity with the goal to “restore dignity and provide hope to families with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.” You can learn more about the organization here.