Music Legend Brian Wilson Placed Under Legal Conservatorship

Due to a "major neurocognitive disorder”

As a number of outlets report, Brian Wilson, one of the greatest rock songwriters and arrangers, and former leader of The Beach Boys, will be placed under a legal conservatorship due to a “major neurocognitive disorder.”

This decision was made by a judge in Los Angeles, naming as Wilson’s conservators his two longtime associates: his manager, LeeAnn Hard, and his publicist, Jean Sievers. Wilson’s family pursued the conservatorship after the death of his wife, Melinda, in January.

 In his order, Judge Gus T. May of Los Angeles Superior Court noted that Wilson, now 81 years old, agrees to the conservatorship and that the court has found “from clear and convincing evidence that a Conservatorship of the Person is necessary.”

May observed in his ruling that Wilson lacks the capacity to make his own healthcare decisions, because “the Conservatee has a Major Neurocognitive Disorder and lacks capacity to give informed medical consent for medications.” Judge May stipulated that Wilson’s seven children would be consulted by the conservators regarding major healthcare decisions and kept informed on their father’s condition.

Although the exact nature of Brian Wilson’s illness has not been disclosed publicly, the family’s court filing in February seeking the conservatorship also noted that Wilson suffers from “a major neurocognitive disorder.”

Wilson has experienced mental health issues throughout much of his life. He continued to record music and tour until 2022, which he credited to his late wife.

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