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Fans ‘didn’t care if he messed up’: Glen Campbell’s doctor discusses his struggle with Alzheimer’s

Singer Glen Campbell's neurologist at the Mayo Clinic talks to STAT about his famous patient's decision to go public about his struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Glen Campbell performs in Indio, Calif., in 2008.

Glen Campbell’s decades-long musical career came to an end Tuesday, when the 81-year-old country music superstar died after a six-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He leaves behind a sprawling songbook and one candid documentary, 2014’s “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me,” which follows the singer as he deals with his diagnosis and embarks upon a farewell tour, performing the final renditions of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” in the presence of his family, his band, and his thousands of fans, crisscrossing the country before his disease forces him off the stage and into an around-the-clock treatment facility.

Campbell’s choice

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