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Glen Campbell’s Wife: It’s Likely He’ll Never Perform Again

Traci Taylor

This past weekend my mom handed me a record I never thought I’d see again. It was my Glen Campbell‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ album that I used to throw on my record player every single morning at 5am. Yes, my entire house woke up to Glen Campbell every morning thanks to me.

I’ve loved Glen Campbell since I was a little kid and had the chance to see him in concert just before I moved here, but I had to make a quick decision to go to the concert or to pack. I picked packing, but totally regret that choice.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Glen Campbell has been battling with Alzheimer’s for the past three years and while he’s adjusting to living at a memory-care facility in Nashville, Glen can’t perform anymore and his wife Kim says she doesn’t think he’ll ever get on stage again.

“He can’t even tune a guitar now. If I tune one and hand it to him he can still play, [but] not like he used to,” Kim told People, adding that her husband of 31 years can still “play a couple licks here and there, and he finds joy in that.”

Kim says that 78-year-old Glen spends his days looking at pictures and talking with Kim, who visits him “every single day for hours.” Kim says “I sit with him through his meals … we hug each other and cuddle. I savor every day.”

Glen and Kim have three kids together and are staying as positive as possible in spite of the “absolutely heartbreaking” circumstances. “There’s a lot of sadness, [but] we just continue to try to make the best of every day and keep a sense of humor,” says Kim.

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