Singer Linda Ronstadt says she has Parkinson's disease

NEW YORK Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:03pm EDT

Linda Ronstadt performs at the19th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California October 29, 2005. The Bridge School is a non-profit educational organization for children with severe speech and physical impairments. REUTERS/Kimberly

Linda Ronstadt performs at the19th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California October 29, 2005. The Bridge School is a non-profit educational organization for children with severe speech and physical impairments.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer Linda Ronstadt is suffering from Parkinson's disease and says she can no longer "sing a note," the group AARP said on Friday.

In an interview with AARP to be published next week, Ronstadt, 67, said the Parkinson's diagnosis she received eight months ago had given her an answer to why she couldn't sing.

"No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," she is quoted as saying in her interview with the lobbying group for older Americans. "No matter how hard you try."

AARP said she has poles to help her walk on uneven ground and uses a wheelchair when traveling.

"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. I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years," she says in the interview.

Ronstadt has won nearly a dozen Grammy awards and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, according to Simon & Schuster, which is due to publish her memoir this year.

The Arizona-born singer's 1974 record, "Heart Like a Wheel," yielded hits including "You're No Good," "When Will I Be Loved" and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."

The soft rock album soared to No. 1, selling more than 2 million copies, according to the AllMusic reference website.

(Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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Best female singer, EVER!!! I wish her the very best.

Aug 23, 2013 12:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
FRPSR wrote:
I can only grieve with Ms Ronstadt , and her numerous fans . What a terrible disease to inflict such a personal loss .

Aug 24, 2013 7:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:
The loss of one stellar voice, that’s for sure! Linda is one of best female recording artists of our time, and a real musician/technician as well. I hope her Parkinson’s disease progresses very slowly.

Aug 24, 2013 9:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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