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Country Singer Glen Campbell: I Have Alzheimer's

6/22/2011 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Country singer Glen Campbell -- famous for his hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" -- revealed in an recent interview he's battling Alzheimer's Disease.

Glen Campbell

The 75-year-old Grammy winner confirmed the diagnosis to People.com -- saying he plans to schedule his final live performances this fall ... to say "farewell" to his fans.

Campbell adds -- "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."


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cheryl    

That's sad.

1134 days ago
2.

Hoopee    

"I am a lineman for the ...." wait who was I a lineman for again?

1134 days ago
3.

Observer    

Sorry to hear Glen. You wrote some songs that will last far beyond your stay here.

Thanks for the contributions you've made to music and entertainment.

Be well.

1134 days ago
4.

Crickett    

Let me get this straight. Sh'e's an alcoholic and difficult, so it's okay to beat the bitch???

1134 days ago
5.

Truth    

I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS DUDE...

1134 days ago
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Shawn's Great Great Grandmother.    

By the time I get to Phoenix...I'll think it's Milwaukee.

1134 days ago
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Is that what you call it?

1134 days ago
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somewhere in Texas    

Very sad news. His contribution to the country music world is one of the greatest. Many, many wonderful songs.

1134 days ago
10.

Lake    

Yeah, I was ready to go with "By the time I get to...uh, er....kitten? book? shoe?......I'll be droolin...."

He can probably play music for a while to come. Faculties fall away in layers and slivers.

and Wichita Lineman, there are so many opportunities.

I'd be joking if I had Alzheimer's. Friend of mine got it in her early 50s, that's much more cruel than this. Aunt had dementia. Often worse for witnesses than for the afflicted.

1134 days ago
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slammer    


I'll hear you singing in the wire.
I will still hear you through the whine.
And the Wichita Lineman will stay on the line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTfwcLdP5Xk

1134 days ago
12.

ms870    

I doubt very highly that those words came out of his mouth! "If you think you have Alzheimer's you don't". People don't know they have it. Do some research first!

1134 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Damn. Depending on what stage he's in, the newer drugs may be able to slow the progression, but that's it. Supposedly a drug still being tested even showed a slight reversal of memory loss in a small number of patients, but I don't think it's been approved yet.

1134 days ago
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mannequin    

Sad to hear, I guess it's something we all will have to fear one day. Your music will still speak for you Glen.

1134 days ago
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MommaU    

I'm sorry to hear about Glen. Regardless of whether you think someone is "good" or "bad," nobody should have to have their mind be eaten away by this disease nor should anybody have to see a loved one go through Alzheimer's. My mother died at the ripe old age of 95 of this devastating disease. Those of you who are making jokes about this disease have no idea what its like for the family of people who have Alzheimer's. I pray you never have to go through anything like that. I wouldn't wi***** on my worst enemy.

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