Beach Boys Founder Brian Wilson Suffering From Dementia as Reps Seek Conservatorship


The 81-year-old musician had been under the care of his wife until her death last month

by Nancy Dillon

Rolling Stone

April 16, 2024

Brian Wilson performing onstage in Inglewood, California, in 2022. SCOTT DUDELSON/GETTY IMAGE

Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, the wildly talented but troubled genius who co-founded the legendary group and composed most of its landmark Pet Sounds album, is suffering from dementia at the age of 81, court filings obtained by Rolling Stone confirm.

In a petition for a conservatorship filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, representatives for the singer-songwriter publicly revealed the magnitude of his cognitive decline for the first time, saying Wilson is “unable to properly provide for his own personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.” The representatives explain that Wilson’s wife of three decades, Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, had been attending to his daily needs until her death last month.

The singer in order to finally terminate his partnership with the Svengali-like Landy, which ultimately occurred later that year. Four years later, he married Melinda.

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  1. All I know is that’s it’s been around a long time, and my dad had it before covid and thus before any jabs. It’s an effin’ nasty disease .


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