Linda Ronstadt reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis: 'I couldn't sing'
Music legend Linda Ronstadt revealed in a recent interview that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and, as a result, she "can't sing a note."
The 67-year-old told AARP Magazine in an article posted on Aug. 23 that she was diagnosed with the disease eight months ago, but she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. She initially attributed her singing trouble to Lyme disease, which is transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected tick.
"I couldn't sing," Ronstadt told the magazine, "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," she added. "Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that's why my hands were trembling."
When she was finally diagnosed after going to a neurologist, Ronstadt told the magazine she was "completely shocked." Ronstadt said during the interview that she now uses the aid of poles to walk on uneven ground and uses a wheelchair when she travels.
Ronstadt is a music legend whose albums have gone multiplatinum worldwide. She has earned 11 Grammy awards, an Emmy Award and more. Ronstadt has been nominated for a Tony and a Golden Globe award. She is known for songs like "You're No Good," "Don't Know Much," "When Will I Be Loved" and "Blue Bayou."
Ronstadt will be releasing her memoir, "Simple Dreams," on Sept. 17. However, the book will not mention her Parkinson's diagnosis or the loss of her singing voice.