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Glen Campbell’s Wife Reveals He’s Lost Ability to Speak

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Glen Campbell has entered the final phases of his battle with Alzheimer’s, and in a new interview, his wife Kim reveals the country and pop legend has lost the ability to speak.

Campbell announced his battle with Alzheimer’s in 2011, and at that time he was still well enough to embark on his final tour, which was documented in the award-winning film Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. By 2014 he had declined to the point where Kim made the decision to place him in a full-time care facility, but in September of 2015 she brought him home, where she, the couple’s children, Ashley and Shannon, nephew Matthew Monier and family friend Brody Wooton served as his his primary caregivers for seven weeks. In November she was forced to return him to full-time care as he entered the final phases of the disease, requiring help with everything.

“He’s healthy, he’s content,” Kim shares with WTSP news in Tampa Bay, Fla. “He’s lost most of his ability to communicate verbally. He has severe aphasia, but he still understands the universal language of smiles and kisses, and he enjoys food.”

Kim Campbell says that the family are holding onto their faith during their trying times. “We just trust that God has a purpose for everything that we face in our lives, and we just love each other through whatever we’re going through. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the whole family.”

Kim Campbell founded the I’ll Be Me Alzheimer’s Fund with director James Keach, who directed Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. For more information, visit the organization’s official website.

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