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Linda Ronstadt Has Been Battling Parkinson's Disease, No Longer Able To Sing

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Linda Ronstadt is no longer able to sing.

We'll let that sink in for a moment, because that would be devastating for someone who has made their life all about singing. She's best known for songs You're No Good and When Will I Be Loved, and she just revealed her diagnosis and battle with Parkinson's to AARP.

She was having problems with her voice when she sought the medical advice but now, this is what she 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.”

This was just 8 months ago, and she now even needs help walking sometimes — and cannot sing anymore.

She continued:

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

This is just so awful to hear. We hope she finds the right balance of meds and can continue her life even without singing — because we already know she's strong enough to fight it.

We hope breakthroughs start happening soon!

[Image via WENN.]

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5 comments to “Linda Ronstadt Has Been Battling Parkinson's Disease, No Longer Able To Sing”

  1. Pollyv says – reply to this


    If you thing those two songs are what she is most remembered for, do a little research. You really sell short one of the best selling and best female vocalists of her time

  2. cody karnes says – reply to this


    Simply the most gorgeous voice of the rock and roll generation. Her hits and multi platinum albums are but the tip of the Ronstadt musical mountain. A wonderful, heartbreaking interview in the NYTimes today by Sam Tanenhause and a great appreciation by Sarah Larsen in the New Yorker. Linda is our dream gal forever. PEACE

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    'Two' songs? Go back to school.

  4. 4

    Such a talent

  5. 5

    She is a wonderful artist and I love her songs. Hope she is able to cope OK. A friend had this and he used to walk a mile or two every day along the beach in SoCal.