Grammy award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, revealed in an interview with AARP that she has Parkinson’s disease and can no longer sing.
Although she was diagnosed with the neurological disease eight months ago, she now believes she has been suffering from the medical malady for eight years.
Ronstadt said, “I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.”
She is relieved to finally have a definitive diagnosis and at the same time is saddened to realize she will not be able to sing. She acknowleged, “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try.”
During her high profile career that shaped the folk-rock scene in the late 60′s and early 70′s, the singer dated California Gov. Jerry Brown, and later filmmaker George Lucas.
Linda now walks with the aid of poles on uneven ground and uses a wheelchair when she travels.
Her memoirs, titled ‘Simple Dreams,’ will be released on September 17. It does not mention Parkinson’s or the loss of her voice.
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