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August 10, 2019

Glen Campbell's Widow Kim Confessed She Still Misses Him 'Every Single Day' 2 Years after His Death

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It’s been two years since Glen Campbell passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, but the pain of his death still lives with his loved ones, especially his widow, Kim.

The 61-year-old former Radio City Rockette recently sat down with PEOPLE to reflect on the second anniversary of her husband’s death.

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Although she had known about Glen’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis long before his death, Kim confessed that the knowledge did nothing to ease the attendant sorrow.

“It’s such a long, long goodbye that you’re conditioned already to accept it,” she admitted. “But you carry around the sadness with you for so many years. The sadness lingers.”

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Making the most out of a sad occasion, Kim announced that The Glen Campbell Museum is set to open next year in honor of the Nashville legend. The project will launch in Glen’s beloved hometown and pay homage to his life and legacy.

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A PAIN THAT NEVER GOES AWAY

Despite the sentiment attached to preserving Glen’s memory, Kim told the outlet that going through her late husband’s archives was not the most pleasant task because she misses him every day.

“When I touch his clothes and when I look at the pictures of us together, it’s heart-wrenching for me, because I miss him every single day. …I feel like it’s a way to honor him, and I want to do everything I can to preserve his legacy and to share it with future generations.”

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LOSING A LEGEND

Glen, a country music legend who gifted the world with hits such as “Gentle on My Mind” and “Galveston” and won 10 Grammys during his lifetime, died on August 8, 2017, six years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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After going public with the diagnosis in 2011, Glen threw himself into work, recording a new studio album and going on a farewell tour with four of his children in July of the same year. Glen was married four times and fathered eight children, three of whom he shared with his fourth wife, Kim.

“I’ve just been the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” Glen shared with PEOPLE at the time. “I still love making music, and I still love performing for my fans.”

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PRESERVING HIS LEGACY

Now, fans and loved ones will get to relive many of the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer’s moments when The Glen Campbell Museum opens next year.

According to Kim, a portion of proceeds from the museum will go to Abe’s Garden, the memory care facility where Glen spent his final years, as well as the Kim & Glen Campbell Foundation, which funds music therapy efforts.

“He made the country fall in love with country music,” Kim said of her late husband. “It’s so appropriate and right that he has a presence in Nashville, which is the heart of country music.”

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