The Tennessean mentions in its article, “Glen Campbell’s children give up challenge to singer’s will,” that Glen Campbell died August 8, 2017, at age 81, in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Campbell's will left his estate to Kimberly, his wife of 34 years, and five of his eight adult children. However, he omitted three children from prior marriages—William Campbell, Kelli Campbell and Wesley Campbell.
The three siblings agreed to dismiss their fight for a portion of their father's estate. Their filing in Davidson County Probate Court didn’t provide any details. The three had contested the validity of the 2006 will, bringing into question their late father's capacity.
The legal dispute involving Glen Campbell's widow versus three of his children has delayed the final resolution of the singer's final affairs, including the question of who has the rights to future royalties on his music.
Campbell was known for songs such as "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy." However, he was not the composer of any of his hits.
Kimberly Campbell issued a statement through her legal counsel that said she was glad to put the matter behind her. "The filing of a will contest last January came as a shock to me," the statement said. "There was never any merit to these claims.”
"I am pleased to finally put this difficult experience behind me, so that I may focus on my family, my continued mission to educate, destigmatize and raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease—and to honor my husband and his amazing music legacy."
However, Kimberly's statement noted that there was no settlement made with the adult children, and the attorneys for the three adult children contesting Campbell's will could not immediately be reached.
Unofficial estimates initially placed the value of the Campbell estate in the millions, but the more recent estimates provided to the probate court listed an estimated value of $420,221. This figure does not include the future royalties from Campbell's music.
Reference: The Tennessean (November 22, 2018) “Glen Campbell’s children give up challenge to singer’s will”