Linda Ronstadt will never sing again
Linda Ronstadt is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, she’s revealed – and it’s robbed her of her singing voice.
The veteran artist, 67, has confirmed long-repeated rumours within the music industry and admitted she’ll never be able to sing again.
She first thought the problem arose as a result of a tick bite, but was later diagnosed with the degenerative disorder – and she suspects she’s had it for several years.
Ronstadt, who’s won 11 Grammys, tells AARP: “I can’t sing a note.
“I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it had to do with the muscles but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease I had. Then I had a shoulder operation so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.
“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when a neurologist said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s,’ I was completely shocked. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already because of the symptoms I’ve had.”
Ronstadt walks with the aid of sticks and often uses a wheelchair. She’s set to publish an autobiography, Simple Dreams, next month – although she doesn’t discuss her illness in the book.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s Disease,” she says. “No matter how hard you try.”
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