Sick country music legend’s family in a rift over his care

Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell

HE is one of the most famous country music stars of all time, with some 50 million record sales in a career spanning six decades and chart-topping hits such as Rhinestone Cowboy and By the Time I Get to Phoenix to his name.

But now as Glen Campbell is treated in a Nashville care home with advanced stage Alzheimer’s disease, his oldest daughter and son are trying to wrest control of his affairs from his wife in a Tennessee court.

They have claimed that Kim Campbell, his fourth wife in a turbulent private life, has barred his children from earlier marriages from visiting him, failed to provide him with items such as toiletries and clothing and may be mishandling his finances.

The bitter family rift has emerged less than a month after the 78-year-old was among the Oscar best song nominees for I’m Not Gonna Miss You, written to accompany an acclaimed film about his struggle with Alzheimer’s. His farewell single also won this year’s Grammy country award.

The singer renowned for his sequin shirts and crocodile-skin cowboys boots now barely recognises faces, according to visitors to the care facility to which his wife of 32 years moved him last summer.

– The Telegraph

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