Two weeks after wife’s tragic death, Beach Boys’ icon Brian Wilson, 81, hit with devastating health blow

Weeks after the tragic loss of his wife Melinda it’s been revealed that iconic Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson is suffering from dementia.

The heartbreaking update comes as the 81-year-old’s family have come together to propose a conservatorship to ensure that Wilson receives the support and care he requires.

As per Hello! court documents delve into the I Get Around singer’s mental health challenges over the years, detailing how he’s now struggling with cognitive impairments that impede his daily functioning and social interactions.

The news marks a fresh blow for Wilson’s family, who are still coming to terms the passing of the iconic singer’s wife Melinda only earlier this month.

Wilson, 81, announced the news on social media, writing: “My heart is broken. 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.”

My heart is broken. Melinda, my beloved wife of 28 years, passed away this morning. Our five children and I are just…

Posted by Brian Wilson on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Melinda was widely credited with saving Wilson, who for decades struggled with mental health problems including schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder, including at the height of his fame and acclaim with The Beach Boys.

By the 1980s, Wilson was largely under the control of his controversial psychotherapist, Eugene Landy, who prescribed treatments for Wilson’s mental health but also exerted a lot of influence over his career and business, including taking portions of his songwriting royalties. He later became Wilson’s legal guardian.

It was Melinda who broke him from this unhealthy bond and likely saved his life. The couple met in 1986 when Melinda, then a Cadillac saleswoman, sold Brian a car. They dated for three years, but Landy “decided we were getting too close,” Melinda later told the Washington Post, and broke up their relationship.

Brian and Melinda reunited in 1992, and the Wilson family issued a restraining order against Landy forbidding him from contacting Brian. Melinda became Brian’s new manager as well as his wife, providing stability and better mental health and allowing Brian to make a late-career musical comeback.

WASHINGTON, DC- SEPTEMBER 17: Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys speaks during the “Change Direction” event raising awareness for mental illness press conference at the National Press Club on September 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

As per new reports, Brian’s family, including his seven children and trusted aide Gloria Ramos, have proposed a united conservatorship to help the 81-year-old as he battles dementia.

“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,” Wilson’s family told the DailyMail in a statement.

A hearing set for April 26, 2024 will determine the establishment of the conservatorship.

Here’s to hoping Brian Wilson gets all the help he needs moving forward.

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