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Fans Cry Over Glen Campbell’s Final Song “I'm Not Gonna Miss You” Dedicated To Wife, As Alzheimer's Was Taking His Memory

Date August 14, 2019 09:08

Country music legend Glen Campbell died on 8 August 2017 at the age of 81 following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Glen Campbell's disease

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, at the age of 75, according to Rolling Stone.

The legend had been quietly battling the disease for a few years before he revealed his diagnosis later that year. After the disease progressed to the point where fans might notice that Campbell was struggling, the artist and his family decided to go public with the devastating news.

The singer announced he was retiring because of his illness and began a farewell tour that included 151 shows.

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In his six-decade career, Campbell won four Grammys and sold millions of records. His often romantic and sentimental country-pop hits, driven by his smooth tenor, layered arrangements, and twangy guitar, included “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Southern Nights,” “Try A Little Kindness,” “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and “Galveston.”

His final song

But perhaps his most intimate song was his last, released in 2014. Titled “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” it chronicled the singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

The song’s lyrics grapple with mortality:

“I’m still here, but yet I’m gone..."

"You’re the last person I will love

You’re the last face I will recall

And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you.”

Julian Campbell, an American music producer who co-wrote the song, told the Wall Street Journal that the lyrics came out of something Campbell said after his diagnosis:

[Campbell] had a hard day of people asking him about Alzheimer’s and how he felt about it. He didn’t talk too much about it, but came up to me and said, ‘I don’t know what everybody’s worried about. It’s not like I’m going to miss anyone, anyway.’

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The song’s music video includes family photos, scenes from hospital visits and of Campbell’s last appearances on stage.

And if you haven't seen it yet, then grab your tissues as it's absolutely hearbreaking.

People's reactions

The singer's fans along with other people all over the globe could not help but comment the video saying that this song is one of the most touching ever.

@Daniela Filmer added:

"Such an unselfish thing the Campbell family has done... allowing his adoring fans to see the devastation this disease is causing him and his family. I grew up loving Glen's songs and played them for my children too. I am very touched by what the family has shared and this song broke my heart - there needs to be more awareness about what this disease does to families and those suffering. As a caregiver to people who are struggling with this and having had my own family members afflicted I appreciate very much what the family has shared. God Bless you all