Rock Legend Has Dementia

( – Signaling the passage of time in his twilight years, Brian Wilson has entered into a conservatorship due to health challenges exacerbated by the recent passing of his wife, Melinda Ledbetter.

The family of the iconic 81-year-old Beach Boys co-founder has chosen two close family associates to manage his well-being as co-conservators.

The necessity for this arrangement became apparent after the loss of Wilson’s wife, Melinda, who died at 77.

The family detailed their decision through an Instagram statement and explained the collaborative choice was in line with Wilson’s and Melinda’s pre-established family plans.

Long-standing Wilson family representatives LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers have been appointed to ensure stability in Wilson’s household and care for him and his children living at home under the watchful eye of Gloria Ramos and a dedicated team that has supported the family for years.

The family’s statement emphasized that Wilson would continue to engage with his family, friends, ongoing projects and any other activities he wishes to pursue.

Court documents describe Wilson as battling a “major neurocognitive disorder,” which suggests he struggles with tasks essential for daily living due to conditions like dementia. He is currently receiving treatment for his condition.

The news of Wilson’s conservatorship follows closely on the heels of his wife’s death, which Wilson announced in an emotional social media post that lauded her as his “savior” and “anchor” throughout their 28 years of marriage.

He said Ledbetter provided him with the emotional stability that fueled his career and inspired him to pursue music that resonated deeply with him.

Throughout Wilson and Ledbetter’s nearly three-decade-long partnership, the couple adopted five children that enriched their family life.

Before his marriage to Ledbetter, Wilson was married to Marilyn Rovell and the pair had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy Wilson. Both women have carved out their own musical careers with the group Wilson Phillips.