ROCK OF AGES

THE BELOVED SINGER’S WIFE AND DAUGH­TER CARRY ON HIS MES­SAGE OF HOPE

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A new photo book cap­tures iconic mu­si­cians in some of their most can­did mo­ments.

It seems fit­ting that sev­eral items were auc­tioned off in Glen Camp­bell’s honor at the re­cent Open Hearts Gala 2017 in Bev­erly Hills. The leg­endary mu­si­cian, who died in Au­gust at the age of 81, al­ways opened up his heart, whether he was sing­ing one of his clas­sic hits like “Wi­chita Line­man” or dis­cussing his bat­tle with Alzheimer’s dis­ease, which trag­i­cally took his life. “He would be very happy that he in­spired peo­ple to in­cite change, es­pe­cially in the Alzheimer’s com­mu­nity, and to find a cure,” his daugh­ter Ash­ley, 30, tells Closer.

The Open Hearts Foun­da­tion, which spon­sored the event, is a non­profit char­ity that helps em­power peo­ple to turn ad­ver­sity into op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­sist oth­ers. “Glen was a re­cip­i­ent of the award in 2012,” his widow, Kim, 58, shares with Closer. “He loved the Open Hearts phi­los­o­phy, and he em­bod­ied it.” Jane Sey­mour, who co-cre­ated the or­ga­ni­za­tion, was a friend of Glen’s and ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duced the Os­car-nom­i­nated 2014 doc­u­men­tary Glen Camp­bell: I’ll Be Me.

Kim is con­tin­u­ing her late hus­band’s tra­di­tion of good works by start­ing the CareLiv­ing foun­da­tion. “We’re try­ing to pro­vide hope, in­spi­ra­tion and real-world help to care­givers” of Alzheimer’s pa­tients, she says. “It’s a heart­break­ing ill­ness — it’s tough on fam­i­lies and re­ally ex­pen­sive to get help.”

Mean­while, Glen’s mu­sic lives on: He’s nom­i­nated for mu­si­cal event of the year with Wil­lie Nel­son for “Funny How Time Slips Away” at the CMA Awards on Nov. 8, and Ash­ley will per­form a trib­ute to her dad at the C2C Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Lon­don in March. What would Glen have wanted his le­gacy to be? “Mu­sic, of course,” says Ash­ley, “And also bring­ing this dis­ease that was once in the shad­ows to light.” — Bruce Fretts, with

re­port­ing by Amanda Cham­pagne-Mead­ows

“God gives ev­ery­body a chance. It took me a long time to pick up on that. I’ve just been blessed.”

— Glen

Daugh­ter Ash­ley and wife Kim with Glen at the 2012 Grammy

Spe­cial Merit Awards in LA

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