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

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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.

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Country legend Glen Campbell refuses to be silenced by Alzheimer's
It’s a battle between country star Glen Campbell’s oldest children and his wife of 32 years - over who should be in charge of his medical and financial decisions.
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Musician Glen Campbell, on September 12, 1975 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Ashley Campbell (L) and Kim Campbell arrive for 'Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me' Los Angeles Premiere at Pacific Design Center on November 11, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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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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