For decades, Glen Campbell was one of the leading stars in country music. Known for songs such as "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Galveston," Glen charmed everyone with his gentle voice and outstanding guitar skills.
After years of performing, Glen's entire world changed when he learned he had Alzheimer's disease. He revealed his diagnosis to his fans in June 2011, and announced his plans to embark on a "Goodbye Tour."
Glen's tour wrapped up in November 2012. He recorded his final song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," in January 2013.
Now, Campbell resides in what his daughter Ashley refers to as "a beautiful memory care facility." Speaking to Rolling Stone about her father, Ashley said that he is in the late stages of Alzheimer's.
Ashley's mother and Glen's wife, Kim, has made sure to keep fans updated about Glen's condition. In the past, she too has confirmed that Glen is in the final stage of Alzheimer's. She has also stated that Glen can no longer play guitar and that he is unable to speak.
During her interview, Ashley opened up further about her father's lack of speech. "He can't really communicate, he can't really understand language as we do," she said.
On the bright side, Ashley said that her father hasn't lost his hearing. He's able to hear everything going on around him, he simply can't process it.
Although her father can no longer speak or understand her, Ashley said that things could be so much worse:
"In these late stages of Alzheimer's, it could be very bad. It could be confusion and anger a lot of the time, which is the case for a lot of people I've seen. But for him he's just happy every day, smiles, he enjoys life and he enjoys being around people – and he loves a good piece of cake."
While Glen may be in the final stages of Alzheimer's, Ashley said the old him peeks through every now and then. She recalled one particular moment during a recent dinner they shared.
"He used to do this joking thing where he would threaten to stab you with a fork and then laugh," she said. "So he did it again...Little glimpses of him will come back every now and then, and it just makes me so happy."
Ashley and her father seem to have always been close. She played in his band on his final tour and the two of them also played an entertaining rendition of "Dueling Banjos." You can watch one of those performances below.
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