Singer Linda Ronstadt Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

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Singer Linda Ronstadt has lost her ability to sing due to Parkinson’s Disease. The 67-year-old Grammy winner shared her heartfelt story today in an interview with AARP.

The woman responsible for the hits “You’re No Good” and “Don’t Know Much” must use the assistance of poles to walk on uneven ground. At other times she is forced to travel in a wheelchair.

Although Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight months ago, she says that she has been suffering from symptoms of the disease for years.

The 11-time Grammy winner recalls thinking that body tremors were the aftermath of a tick bite and shoulder surgery. “I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had,” shares the legendary singer.

She realized that it was something worse once she lost her ability to sing. “When I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked,” Ronstadt said. “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.”

The “Hurt So Bad” singer admitted that her singing career has come to an devastating end. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” she says. “No matter how hard you try.” Ronstadt has not recorded an album since releasing “Adieu False Heart” in 2006 with Cajun musician Ann Savoy.

Although Ronstadt’s new memoir, “Simple Dreams” is set to release in September, she does not mention the Parkinson’s diagnosis in the book.

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