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Glen Campbell’s Wife Reveals He ‘Cannot Play Guitar Anymore’

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Glen Campbell is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s and his wife, Kim, reveals that the country legend has lost his ability to play guitar.

“He cannot play guitar anymore. I don’t even know if he knows what it’s for,” she tells Toronto newspaper The Star. “But our children come and play for him. It’s hard to tell if he’s responding to it much. Sometimes he’ll listen, and sometimes he’s distracted. He’s in his own world right now.”

Campbell has entered the later stages of Alzheimer’s, and while some people can remain at home, eventually those affected by the illness will need 24/7 assistance.

“Glen’s getting great care, he’s happy, he’s cheerful. He’s healthy, but he has lost most of his language skills,” wife Kim explains. “He doesn’t understand anything anyone is saying to him.”

“Faith has always been the central part of our relationship. I’m so pleased that as Glen has entered the later stages of this illness, it’s evident that he has retained his awareness of God,” she furthers. “That really comforts me to know that he has that sense of God’s presence in his life, that he’s not alone.”

Campbell announced his battle with Alzheimer’s in 2011. He then embarked on his final tour, which was documented in the award-winning film Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Last month, his wife revealed that the singer lost his ability to speak.

“He’s healthy, he’s content,” Kim tells 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.”

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