Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson's Family Files for Conservatorship Following Dementia Diagnosis

The family of Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson has filed for conservatorship after he was diagnosed with dementia.


The Conservatorship Decision

Brian Wilson's family has filed for a conservatorship over the musician following his diagnosis of dementia. The decision to file for conservatorship was made after the recent passing of Brian's wife, Melinda Wilson, and consultation with Brian, his seven children, Gloria Ramos, and Brian's doctors.

The family has appointed LeeAnn Hard and Jean Sievers as co-conservators of the person to ensure that there are no extreme changes to the household and that Brian and the children living at home are taken care of. They will continue to live in the home and be cared for by Gloria Ramos and the long-standing team at the house. Brian will have the opportunity to spend time with his family and friends, work on current projects, and participate in activities of his choice.

Medical Care and Treatment

Before her death, Melinda Wilson was responsible for Brian's daily living needs, including his physical health, food, clothing, and shelter. However, there was no successor named in his advance health care directive. The family is now asking the court to authorize placement or treatment for his major neurocognitive disorder, which is attributed to his dementia diagnosis.

According to a doctor's declaration provided to the court, Brian Wilson is unable to self-administer his own medication or adhere to his medication schedule. He also struggles with controlling his mood and emotions, although he is able to follow instructions on occasion for short periods of time. The doctor states that this is more a sign of reflex than cognition, based on long-standing muscle memory.

Remembering Melinda Wilson

Brian Wilson announced the death of his wife, Melinda, on January 30. In a heartfelt message, he expressed his broken heart and described Melinda as his savior who provided him with emotional security throughout their 28-year marriage. He acknowledged her as a model, mother, and woman empowered with a mission to better the lives of those she touched.

Melinda and Brian married in 1995 and shared a loving partnership for almost 30 years. They also adopted five children together and Brian has two daughters from his previous marriage. Melinda served as Brian's manager, and she was known for her negotiation skills and selling cars in her professional life.


The Beach Boys Legacy

The Beach Boys, founded by Brian Wilson and his brothers Carl and Dennis, along with Mike Love and Al Jardine, are an iconic rock band. They signed with Capitol Records in 1962 and achieved tremendous commercial success, selling over 100 million records worldwide. Their timeless hits include "Good Vibrations," "God Only Knows," "California Girls," "I Get Around," and "Fun, Fun, Fun." The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Brian Wilson's family's decision to file for conservatorship ensures that his legacy and the well-being of his family are protected as he faces the challenges of dementia. His contributions to music will always be remembered and celebrated.