At 67 years old Linda Ronstadt is remembered for having been in the forefront of the folk rock and country rock movements in the 1960s. Sadly her singing career is over now. Linda Ronstadt says Parkinson's took away her singing voice according to an Aug. 23, 2013, article in The Hollywood Reporter. The 11-time Grammy Award winner has shared her struggle with the disease in an interview with AARP.
Linda Ronstadt has revealed that a recent Parkinson's diagnosis has left her unable to sing. In her interview with the AARP, Ronstadt says that she was officially diagnosed with the degenerative disorder eight months ago after she first displayed symptoms as far back as eight years ago.
When all of the sudden she couldn't sing she knew something was terribly wrong with her health. Ronstadt has 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."
Hollywood Life has also reported Linda Ronstadt has revealed she has Parkinson’s disease. This is a terrible tragedy to see this disease steal Ronstadt's talent from her. Ronstadt will always be remembered as the unbelievably talented pop singer who went to the top of the charts with hits like “Hurt So Bad” and “You’re No Good.”
In her upcoming memoir “Simple Dreams,” she discloses that she now uses poles when walking on uneven ground and that she also often travels with a wheelchair. Linda Ronstadt's painful struggle with this degenerative illness should encourage more investments for research into how to prevent and treat Parkinson's disease.