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Country legend Glen Campbell refuses to be silenced by Alzheimer's

Country Legend Glen Campbell Refuses to Be Silenced by Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's has made it difficult for Glen Campbell to remember names and people, but he has no problem performing on stage. ET got a look at the documentary about the country legend's diagnosis.



The Rhinestone Cowboy, who has inspired stars like Taylor Swift to Keith Urban, refused to let his debilitating disease slow him down. He went on a final tour of 151 shows. As an extra treat, Campbell invited award-winning filmmaker James Keach along to capture every moment for the documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me."

Campbell was first diagnosed in 2011. His wife of 31 years, Kim Campbell, revealed the difficult news to the public via People, explaining that she wanted fans to understand what was truly going on with Campbell. "If he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn't want people to think, 'What's the matter with him? Is he drunk?'"

Campbell's family announced in April that the legend was being moved into an Alzheimer's facility. Rolling Stone got the following statement from the family: "Sadly, Glen's condition has progressed enough that we were no longer able to keep him at home. He is getting fantastic care and we get to see him every day. Our family wants to thank everyone for their continued prayers, love and support."

Campbell's eldest daughter, Debby, told Country Weekly that the star recognizes her, but has his good and bad days. The move to a facility seems to have caused a rift in the family, as Debby notes that she thinks her dad "deserves better" than the facility he's currently in.

In an email to the Associated Press, Kim defended the decision, saying that doctors persuaded her to put the singer in a facility where he could get full-time care.

Watch the video for the full trailer. "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" opens October 24.


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Franco August 10 2014 at 6:47 AM

One hell of a cowboy, nuff said.

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BARB Franco August 10 2014 at 5:56 PM

AMEN!

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phpoling August 10 2014 at 12:47 PM

One of the most toughest job ever fo watch your loved one like this.

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savannahswithgod phpoling August 10 2014 at 6:03 PM

Yes and the worries of what to do for that, tough to take care of someone in that shape. Dad was close to that but an anewrism got him and I see the neighbor now with that hanging on. The minds incredible though, maybe someone's will come up with the answer for this. If so will the Farmehsuitkals let it be known?

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fladvocatehoward August 10 2014 at 8:34 AM

he made people happy,god bless him,made mistakes and atoned for them

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brennemanbelkin August 10 2014 at 5:45 AM

Very sad. He's a very nice man.

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twalsh4440 August 10 2014 at 6:03 AM

Greatest Country Music Ever.Lineman for the County.

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flagwaver2 twalsh4440 August 10 2014 at 2:42 PM

Great song!

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lthrnck68 August 10 2014 at 7:02 AM

I think it's his music that keeps him going. Were he to lose that, it would be trajic.

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savannahswithgod lthrnck68 August 10 2014 at 6:00 PM

I know it was tragic to my brother when his wife said her or the music. He tried her a while but he was music. As great a musician as was on the planet, decent performer don't know why he never got as big, couldn't take orders I think? Yes Glenn's music go that aint him no more. But sure he will carry that in his next incarnation back here on Mother Earth whenever the Lord decides to let the Music die for the current incarnation.

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knarfdr lthrnck68 August 10 2014 at 9:16 PM

His final tour was two years ago so the music really isn't keeping him going. He's most likely lost a lot of his talent since then. Such an awful disease.

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mzharleywood August 10 2014 at 5:47 AM

Unbelievable! Good for you Glen~!

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ramonbatt August 10 2014 at 9:13 AM

So happy to see him doing what he does best. Keep going. You are great!

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Dan August 10 2014 at 9:11 AM

Before his solo career took off he often toured as a Beach Boy substituting for 1 of the Wilson Bros who didn't like to tour. A truly legendary perfprmer. ☺

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knarfdr Dan August 10 2014 at 9:18 PM

He was a Beach Boy for about four months and was incredibly productive as a studio musician. He's on so many records it's amazing.

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bentbouy1 August 10 2014 at 7:29 AM

So glad he is still singing.- great voice

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knarfdr bentbouy1 August 10 2014 at 9:18 PM

Again, this is film from two years ago. He's in a facility since April so that's a really bad sign.

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