Linda Ronstadt “can’t sing a note” now that she’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The legendary musician told AARP Magazine this week that she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about eight months ago.
In addition to the well known symptoms like shaking hands, the 67-year-old musician said that Parkinson’s has also made it nearly impossible to sing.
The 67-year-old musician said: “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease… No matter how hard you try.”
Ronstadt said that she started experiencing symptoms of the disease as long as 8 years ago. It started becoming difficult for her to sing and eventually her hands started to shake. The singer thought that her shaking hands were the result of a shoulder injury and said that she was “completely shocked” when she found out she had Parkinson’s.
Ronstadt said: “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.”
The singer has an autobiography set for release next month which will detail her rice as a pop icon with songs like “You’re No Good” as well as her relationships with George Lucas and California Governor Jerry Brown. AARP reports that Linda does not mention Parkinson’s in the new book.
Linda Ronstadt officially retired in 2011 but it’s still sad to hear that she has lost the ability to sing. Her amazing voice helped her earn 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and 38 Billboard Hot 100 hits. The singer recorded 15 studio albums during her career and collaborated with everyone from Johnny Cash, to Frank Zappa, to Dolly Parton.