Linda Ronstadt Announces She Has Parkinson’s Disease; Will Never Sing Again

Wendy Geller
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She's a legendary vocalist who has been charming audiences for decades. However, Linda Rondstadt, 67, has announced that her performing career is coming to a forced end. The singer told AARP on Friday that she is "unable to sing a note" due to Parkinson's Disease.

Ronstadt revealed that she was diagnosed eight months ago, but that her symptoms started years before that. She claimed her health went awry eight years ago when she suffered a tick bite, and later suffered shaky hands from what she thought were complications from shoulder surgery. However, when she finally got the diagnosis, she was thrown off guard.

"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked," she related. "I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."

Ronstadt currently walks with the aid of poles when traversing uneven ground, and uses a wheelchair when traveling. Still, the most shocking loss to fans is unquestionably her voice.

"No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease," she told AARP. "No matter how hard you try."

Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative disorder that strikes the central nervous system, resulting in physical symptoms such as tremors and difficulty walking. It typically strikes individuals over the age of 50.

The 11-time Grammy winner is set to release a memoir, Simple Dreams, on September 15. However, the book does not contain any information about her current condition.