Inside The Sad Last Days Of Glen Campbell
Published on: June 20, 2014
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Deteriorating rapidly, Alzheimer’s stricken GLEN CAMPBELL’s wife defends dumping him in assisted living.
Campbell’s wife Kim Campbell wrote an e-mail to Associated Press explaining her controversial decision – one that has the hitmaker’s fans and eldest daughter up in arms!
Kim Campbell wrote that doctors persuaded her earlier this spring to discontinue care at the family's home, drawing criticism from Campbell's daughter Debby.
"It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's but indulging those feelings does not help him," Campbell wrote, saying, "I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest."
Debby Campbell has said publicly she vigorously objected to the move and that she and Campbell's eldest children heard about it through news media report and not from his wife. She also said she did not believe family members in Nashville, where the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer now lives, were spending enough time with him.
As The ENQUIRER reported previously Campbell, 78, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011.
Before the disease worsened he dropped two albums and went on a world tour following the diagnosis.
At the time, Kim Campbell said the tour was a way to help her husband combat the brain-extinguishing disease and spend time with his family members, including his daughter Debby, who hit the road for one last time.
Glen Campbell has eight children, including three with Kim Campbell, his wife of 32 years.
Kim says she spends time with her husband every day and that two of his children who live in Nashville visit weekly. Beyond that, she says she organizes activities for the Grammy Award-winning singer and former TV/movie star.
"He has longtime friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs," Kim Campbell said.
"He is being cared for round the clock by people who specialize in Alzheimer's care and happen to adore him."