Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and has revealed she can no longer sing. The New York Daily News reports on Aug. 23 that the singer shared her condition in an interview. Ronstadt was diagnosed eight months ago and plans to publish a memoir soon.
The 67-year-old singer has lost her ability to sing due to Parkinson’s disease. Linda Ronstadt now has to rely on a wheelchair and believes her health is deteriorating. The Grammy winner noticed the first symptoms eight years ago, but she was only officially diagnosed eight months ago by a neurologist.
Ronstadt describes she “can’t sing a note” and does not believe her voice will recover. Initially, she blamed a tick bite for losing the ability to sing and shoulder surgery for her shaking hands. However, as other symptoms appeared, Linda Ronstadt realized something else was responsible for her poor health. A neurologist finally confirmed that she had Parkinson’s disease. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try,” she added.
Linda Ronstadt plans to publish her memoir, “Simple Dreams,” in September. However, fans of the singer will not find information about her Parkinson’s disease in the book. Instead, Ronstadt has decided to focus on her past, her career and her relationships. She released 30 albums and won 11 Grammys, but her representatives have made it clear she will not be singing at any of her upcoming book signing events. Linda Ronstadt plans to be in Washington, D.C. during September to promote her memoir.