Former 1960s teen pop idol Bobby Vee says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 69-year-old, born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., says on his website that he was diagnosed last year.
"Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core," the singer writes. "Since this time I have chosen to remain private and to focus on what is most important to me: my family and my music."
Vee's wife of 48 years, Karen Velline, is also dealing with health issues. She's on a waiting list for a lung transplant at Duke University. "Together and with our amaing family we treasure each moment," he says. "And we hope and pray for the best outcomes."