LOS ANGELES — Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s disease care facility, a friend of his family has told People magazine.
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.
People’s report suggested the move could be temporary, and quoted the source as saying, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.”
The Arkansas native, who worked as a session guitarist in Hollywood recording studios and performed with the Beach Boys before becoming a star in his own right, launched a formal “farewell tour” in 2012. But last spring he canceled performances as his condition deteriorated and he was unable to travel for shows in Australia and New Zealand.
Before that, however, he played a final L.A. concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where Los Angeles Times pop music critic Randall Roberts said he performed with “effortless grace, and had he not announced in 2011 that he was living with Alzheimer’s disease, few in the crowd would have been the wiser. In fact, he was sharper and more precise during this gig than he was last year at Club Nokia, where he kicked off the Farewell Tour.”
Campbell and his wife sold their Malibu home at the end of 2012. He released two well-received albums recorded as he was beginning to experience the symptoms of Alzheimer’s: “Ghost in the Canvas” in 2011 and “See You There,” consisting of new versions of many of his signature songs mostly recorded during the “Ghost in the Canvas” sessions, in 2013.