Veteran singer Linda Ronstadt no longer can sing because of Parkinson's disease. The 11-time Grammy winner told the AARP that she was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder, which prevents her from singing, eight months ago.
"I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why," she told the AARP's reporter Alanna Nash. "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."
The singer, who is popular for her 70s and 80s hits such as "You're No Good", "Hurt So Bad" and "Don't Know Much", noticed the symptoms seven or eight years ago, but she attributed her trembling hands to shoulder operation she had. "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," she said.
Now Linda "cant sing a note." She said, "No one can sing with Parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try." The 67-year-old singer uses poles to help her walk in uneven ground and uses wheelchair for traveling.
Linda started her career as the lead singer of the Stone Poneys and rose to fame as a solo singer. She released her first album "Hand Sown... Home Grown" in 1969, while her latest album "Adieu False Heart" was released in 2006. Her memoir "Simple Dreams" will hit stores on September 17, but she did not address her health condition in the book.