Ohio residents of all ages are likely familiar with the singer Glen Campbell. A country music legend, the song Rhinestone Cowboy is perhaps the singer’s best-known among his 21 songs that graced the Top 40 hits list. Campbell, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, has won five Grammy Awards; the most recent of which he won just last month.
While in recent years, the 78-year-old musical legend has been active on the music scene; going on tour and recording two albums, he’s also been battling Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell’s two eldest children recently filed a legal petition in which they voiced concerns about their father’s current living situation and the level of care which his current and fourth wife is providing.
The 78-year-old singer was diagnosed with the progressive and degenerative brain disorder in 2011. Since that time, his health has declined to the point where his fourth wife of 32 years, Debby Campbell-Cloyd, made the decision to move her husband to a residential long-term care facility.
Concerned for their father’s wellbeing, Campbell’s two eldest children recently filed the petition requesting that a judge appoint a guardian and conservators to help oversee their father’s finances and ensure he is recieiving the highest level of care possible. Among the allegations cited in the petition are claims that Campbell-Cloyd has failed to provide her husband with personal items and to visit him on a regular basis. Additionally, the petition raises concerns of Campbell-Cloyd’s possible mishandling of her husband’s finances.
This case provides an example of legal action that may be taken when family members have concerns about a loved one’s care and wellbeing.
Source: AP, “Glen Campbell children fighting wife’s control of affairs,” Travis Loller, March 4, 2015
Glencampbellmusic.com, “About,” March 9, 2015