Country chart-topper Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Associated Press reports that Campbell’s representative Bobbie Gale announced that the country star has been diagnosed as being in the early stages of the degenerative brain disease.
He is releasing a new album in August titled Ghost On The Canvas and is preparing for a final tour towards the end of the year called ‘The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour’.
Campbell and his wife Kim spoke to People magazine about the condition.
"I still love making music," says Campbell. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin."
Kim said she wanted fans to be aware of his condition before the shows, “Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer. 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?’”
Campbell has released over 70 albums that have sold more than 45 million copies and was inducted into the Country Hall Of Fame in 2005.
He is best known for a string of hits in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Southern Nights’, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’.
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