Glen Campbell's kids say they can't see their dad, fans raise money
Two children of Glen Campbell, who is 80 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, claim his fourth wife, Kim, won’t let them see their father.
Campbell — who has released over 70 albums and sold 45 million records — is living in a Nashville, Tenn., nursing home.
A GoFundMe page started by fans for “The Debby & Travis Campbell Defense” has raised $6,495 of the goal of $50,000 as to pay for lawyers.
“We ask your help in keeping a family together,” the page states.
Kim, who did not respond to requests for comment, is allegedly preventing the children from seeing Campbell despite the passage in May of SB 2190, otherwise known as “The Glen Campbell/Peter Falk Bill.”
This law ensures that no person who has power of attorney or guardianship over a “ward” can deny visitation by family and friends unless specifically authorized by court order.
“However, Kim does not accept the law of the land,” the page says.
Some friends of Glen’s blame Kim for exploiting him by putting him on tour and producing a documentary chronicling his decline after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010.
“Now Kim has become a spokesperson making thousands of dollars giving speeches about how to care for Alzheimer’s patients, instead of caring for her own Alzheimer’s patient,” one friend said.
Patricia Sullivan-Webb, the ex-wife of Jimmy Webb — who wrote Campbell’s greatest hits “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and “Wichita Lineman” — has known Campbell since she was 14, and tells me: “I am very encouraged that a fan has set up the GoFundMe site and that so many fans have responded.”
“Most of Glen’s fans know Debby from watching her perform with her dad for nearly 25 years. None of this should be in court,” says Sullivan-Webb. “It speaks directly to Kim Woolen Campbell’s character, or lack thereof.”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post's Page Six.