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article imageLinda Ronstadt has Parkinson's disease

By Tim Sandle     Aug 25, 2013 in Entertainment
Singer Linda Ronstadt has issued a statement, declaring that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Ronstadt has also said that she is no longer able to sing.
Linda Ronstadt, aged 67, has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the 1981 musical The Pirates of Penzance.
Three of her albums charted at number 1 in the U.S.: Heart Like a Wheel (1974), Simple Dreams (1977) and Living in the USA (1978). Simple Dreams also made number 1 in Canada (it was also her highest charting album in the U.K. peaking at #15).
The singer's statement, reported by AARP magazine, indicates that she was diagnosed with the condition eight months ago. This has rendered her unable to sing, with Ronstadt stating: “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try.”
The Daily Telegraph notes that the singer now uses poles to walk on uneven ground a wheelchair when traveling. Ronstadt's new memoir, Simple Dreams, is due out on September 17th. According to Rolling Stone magazine, she does not discuss the Parkinson's diagnosis or the loss of her voice in the book.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, thinking and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease.
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