Grammy Award winning singer Linda Ronstadt announced on Friday that she is battling Parkinson's Disease and that her career is essentially over.
The 67 year old "Blue Bayou" songstress said that the effects of the disease has left her unable to sing and hit the notes that made her famous.
Ronstadt has earned 11 Grammy awards as well as Academy of Country Music Awards, an Emmy and numerous other accolades during her career which has spawned over 30 studio albums many of which went gold, platinum and multiplatinum both in the U.S. and abroad.
Ronstadt said she was officially diagnosed eight months ago but had been experiencing symptoms for the better part of the last eight years.
In an interview with AARP Magazine Ronstadt said “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease, no matter how hard you try.”
Ronstadt is set to have her memoir entitled "Simple Dreams" published next month and it chronicles her extraordinary career.
During the 1970s Ronstadt was often called the most gifted singer and was at one time one of the highest paid performers of the decade.
Though the Parkinson's diagnosis may have quieted the gifted singer her career of number one songs, including "Hurt So Bad" and a personal life that included a one time engagement to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, Ronstadt has made and continues to make an impact on the music world.
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