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Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's battle added a heroic coda to a pop-country star's life

Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's battle added a heroic coda to a pop-country star's life

I witnessed up close the ravaging effect that Alzheimer’s disease was having on Glen Campbell in the later years of his life. This was in 2011, when I interviewed him at his Malibu home shortly after he’d gone public with his diagnosis.

At that point, although his short-term memory was failing rapidly, he was in fairly good spirits, and his sense of humor was fully intact.

But even little points he wanted to make turned into a struggle. His brain was no longer responding with the kind of dexterity that his fingers and voice had done in making him a bona fide pop-country star in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

Campbell, whose

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