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Linda Ronstadt Says Parkinson’s Took Her Ability to Sing

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http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/08/linda-ronstadt-says-parkinsons-took-her-ability-to-sing/

Linda Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson’s disease in an interview with AARP magazine.

The 67-year-old singer told the magazine she was diagnosed eight months ago, but said she had suffered symptoms of the disease for eight years. Initially Ronstadt thought her symptoms were related to a tick-borne illness.

“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,” Ronstadt told AARP. ” I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.”

Ronstadt had a string of hits in the 1970′s including “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved” and has sold tens of millions of albums.

She told the magazine that her disease has left her without the ability to sing.

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”

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Very sad to hear this. I love so much of her work, especially A Different Drum. She was very groundbreaking, more than she gets credit for.

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