Country Star Glen Campbell Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The Rhinestone Cowboy told People about his ailment in anticipation of a final album release

Country star Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, according an interview with People.

The 75-year-old singer revealed a history of short-term memory loss, and said he got the Alzheimer’s diagnosis earlier in the year.

Campbell’s wife Kim says she disclosed the diagnosis to People in order to preemptively quell any rumors that might arise if he makes a mistake during a live performance.

"Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer," says Kim. "But 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?'"

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Campbell’s latest album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” is scheduled for release August 30. The Rhinestone Cowboy is describing this album as his last, hoping to retire after a “Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour,” following the album’s release.

But the music isn’t dead for Campbell — he told People,

"I still love making music… And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin."