Judge finds Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson needs conservatorship because of mental decline

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Brian Wilson, the creative genius behind the Beach Boys, has been placed under a court conservatorship due to a “major neurocognitive disorder” as diagnosed by his doctor. The decision was made at a hearing where Judge Gus T. May approved the petition filed by Wilson’s family and close circle following the passing of his wife, Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, earlier this year.

The conservatorship, which manages Wilson’s personal and medical decisions, was deemed necessary based on evidence presented in court showing that Wilson consents to the arrangement but lacks the capacity to make healthcare decisions on his own. Two longtime representatives of Wilson, publicist Jean Sievers and manager LeeAnn Hard, were appointed as his conservators by the judge.

While Wilson’s two daughters, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, requested to be included in a group text chain about their father’s condition and consulted on medical decisions, they did not raise any significant objections to the conservatorship. The judge granted their request along with other stipulations.

A doctor’s declaration filed with the petition stated that Wilson is suffering from a “major neurocognitive disorder” and is taking medication for dementia. It also highlighted his inability to provide for his own personal needs.

Wilson’s representatives have had a longstanding relationship with him and his wife, and Wilson himself acknowledged the need for the conservatorship, expressing trust in their judgment. Despite his condition, Wilson continues to live in his Beverly Hills residence with the help of a caregiver, and he remains involved in current projects.

The decision to seek a conservatorship was made after consultation with Wilson’s children, caregiver, and doctors to ensure minimal disruption to his life. Unlike the high-profile case of Britney Spears, Wilson’s conservatorship does not involve his finances as they are managed through a trust.

Throughout his legendary career, Wilson has faced mental health and substance abuse challenges, but he remains deeply revered for his contributions to music. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Wilson’s legacy as a masterful innovator of vocal harmony and co-founder of the Beach Boys continues to influence generations of musicians.

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