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Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, 81, ‘suffering from dementia’ as team ‘files for conservatorship’ weeks after wife’s death

BEACH Boys legend Brian Wilson is reportedly suffering from dementia.

The news comes just weeks after Wilson’s wife, Melinda Ledbetter, died at the age of 77.

Brian Wilson has been diagnosed with dementia and filed under a conservatorship


Brian Wilson has been diagnosed with dementia and filed under a conservatorship
This news comes weeks after his wife's death


This news comes weeks after his wife’s deathCredit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
Wilson was a co-founder of the band, Beach Boys


Wilson was a co-founder of the band, Beach BoysCredit: Getty

Wilson, 81, has had a history of mental health issues and it is believed that he won’t be able to take care of himself.

His team has therefore filed for a conservatorship, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

The filing reportedly states Wilson is suffering from a “major neurocognitive disorder (such as dementia).”

The agent for Wilson’s touring company and long time publicist was listed on the filing.

It adds the music legend is being treated for the disorder.

Wilson’s family said the decision to place him under a conservatorship came after “careful consideration” and aims to ensure the star can “continue to work on current projects.”

“Following the passing of Brian’s beloved wife Melinda, after careful consideration and consultation among Brian, his seven children, Gloria Ramos and Brian’s doctors (and consistent with family processes put in place by Brian and Melinda), we are confirming that longtime Wilson family representatives LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers will serve as Brian’s co-conservators of the person,” they said in a statement shared with

“This decision was made to ensure that there will be no extreme changes to the household and Brian and the children living at home will be taken care of and remain in the home where they are cared for by Gloria Ramos and the wonderful team at the house who have been in place for many years helping take care of the family.

“Brian will be able to enjoy all of his family and friends and continue to work on current projects as well as participate in any activities he chooses.”

In 1970, Wilson began working on a country album with former Beach Boys manager Fred Vail who was on lead vocals.

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The project was shelved but the two musicians have since returned to it.

It’s release is planned for 2025 and Wilson will be featured on guest vocals, according to Rolling Stone.

When his wife passed in January, the star shared an emotional message about his wife of 28 years with his X, formerly know as Twitter followers.

“My heart is broken. Melinda, my beloved wife of 28 years, passed away this morning,” he began.

“Our five children and I are just in tears. We are lost. Melinda was more than my wife. She was my savior. She gave me the emotional security I needed to have a career.

“She encouraged me to make the music that was closest to my heart. She was my anchor. She was everything for us. She was a force of nature and one of the strongest women you could come by.

“She was not only a model, our father’s savior, and a mother, she was a woman empowered by her spirit with a mission to better everyone she touched. We will miss her but cherish everything she has taught us.”

“How to take care of the person next to you without expecting anything in return, how to find beauty in the darkest of places, and how to live life as your truest self with honesty and pride. We love you mom. Give Grandma Rose and Pa our love,” he concluded his thread.

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