Iconic Beach Boys Star Brian Wilson's Family Files for Conservatorship Amidst Heartbreaking Health Struggle

By Greg Moriarty | Saturday, 17 February 2024 12:00 PM
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The family of Brian Wilson, the iconic co-founder of The Beach Boys, has filed for conservatorship, claiming that the celebrated musician is no longer capable of managing his personal affairs due to a severe neurocognitive disorder, akin to dementia.

This information was revealed in legal documents submitted to the court in February, as reported by People magazine.

Wilson's representatives have stated that the star is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter," according to the same source.

The legendary musician was previously under the care of his wife, Melinda, who sadly passed away on January 30 at the age of 77. This unfortunate event prompted the family's decision to file for conservatorship.

The family disclosed Wilson's quiet battle with his health, stating that he had an "Advance Health Care Directive" in place, with Melinda appointed as his primary caregiver. However, no successor to Melinda was specified in the directive.

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In a statement to People magazine, the family said, "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."

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The family further noted that Melinda had been responsible for attending to Wilson's daily living needs, as he is unable to cater to his own personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.

The family is now seeking to have the conservatorship rights transferred to Sievers and Hard, citing their longstanding close relationship with the Wilsons and the trust Brian Wilson has in them. Hard is also Wilson's "agent under his power of attorney."

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The family stated, "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."

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They believe that the proposed conservatorship will enable Wilson to "enjoy all of his family and friends and continue to work on current projects as well as participate in any activities he chooses," according to People.

The court documents also indicated that Wilson would not be able to attend the conservatorship hearing, as he is easily distracted and often unaware of his surroundings. His doctors have reported that he "often makes spontaneous irrelevant or incoherent utterances. Has very short attention span and while unintentionally disruptive, is frequently unable to maintain decorum appropriate to the situation." Wilson is reportedly on medication to slow the progression of his illness.

A court hearing regarding the conservatorship has been scheduled for April 26.

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