Country music legend Glen Campbell was moved to an Alzheimer’s care facility last week, a friend of the family told the media.
“I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We’ll know more next week,” the family friend said.
The 77-year-old singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011.
After receiving the diagnosis, Campbell released his album Ghost on the Canvas, and he and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news of his condition. He wanted to go on a final tour before he started to forget lyrics and before his health began to deteriorate. He toured throughout the United States in the Goodbye Tour. Three of his children joined him in his backup band during the tour. Campbell was forced in July 2012 to cancel international dates scheduled for the tour because of health issues.
The singer was recently honored with the inaugural Glen Campbell Courage Award at the Alzheimer’s Association’s A Night at Sardi’s event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 26.
Campbell, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, has released more than 70 albums and has sold 45 million records during his 50 years in show business.
He is widely known for his 1975 hit Rhinestone Cowboy, which reached the top of the Billboard charts that year. He also had a popular television show in the 1970s, Glen Campbell Good Time Hour, which aired on CBS.
Campbell made history when he won four Grammy awards in country and pop categories in 1967. He received two awards in Country and Western for Always on my Mind, and two awards in the pop music category for By the Time I Get to Phoenix.
Campbell’s final tour was filmed for a documentary called Glen Campbell…This is Me, which will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival this Friday.
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