Actually, Linda Ronstadt says she began showing symptoms up to eight years ago but wasn’t diagnosed until recently.
"I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why," the 67-year-old rock/pop singer told the AARP. "I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist.”
"I think I've had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I've had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that's why my hands were trembling. 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."
Linda Ronstadt has won 11 Grammy Awards and has had many, many recordings go platinum; however, it looks like her singing career is over. "No one can sing with Parkinson's disease," Ronstadt said. "No matter how hard you try."
Linda Ronstadt is not alone with her diagnosis. Many famous people have had or still have Parkinson’s Disease. Actor Michael J. Fox and boxer Muhammad Ali are just two of those living with the disease. Actors Vincent Price, Deborah Kerr and James Doohan also suffered with the disease during their lifetimes.