In an interview with AARP, eleven time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt has revealed that she’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and is no longer able to sing.
“I couldn’t sing,” Ronstadt told AARP, “and I couldn’t figure out why. 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. No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” she said. “No matter how hard you try.”
Ronstadt is getting ready to release her autobiography, Simple Dreams. However, the book, which comes out on September 17, will not discuss her illness.