Linda Ronstadt reveals she has Parkinson’s disease, can no longer sing

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    Aug 24, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    The 67-year-old 'Hurt So Bad' songstress, whose vocal range spanned the octaves from contralto to soprano, says she began experiencing symptoms around eight years ago.

    Spectacular songbird Linda Ronstadt disclosed Friday that she has Parkinson’s disease and the illness has already robbed her of her ability to sing.

    The 67-year-old “Hurt So Bad” songstress, whose vocal range spanned the octaves from contralto to soprano, discussed her disease with AARP magazine in an interview. The 11-time Grammy Award winner’s memoir, “Simple Dreams,” is slated to be published next month.

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

    Ronstadt, who churned out hits during the 1970s and ‘80s, including “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “You’re No Good” and “Just One Look,” now uses poles to assist her when walking on uneven ground and travels with a wheelchair.

    The singer said she was only diagnosed about eight months ago, but she has been experiencing symptoms — like hand tremors and trouble controlling the muscles that allowed her to sing — since roughly eight years ago.

    She attributed the ailments to a tick bite until she was finally properly diagnosed by a neurologist.

    The 11-time Grammy winner’s last album was released in 2006.

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    Aug 24, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
  • GQjock

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    Aug 24, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    Oh that's horrible
    I love Linda..... but at 67 I don't think she'd hsvd that much of a singing career left
    She had a fantastic voice


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    Aug 24, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    How sad, she's an incredible talent. I hope she explores alternative treatments, she just might find something that helps.
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    Sep 05, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
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    Sep 05, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    I love her three Nelson Riddle albums too. Just hear her sing "What's New?"

    What a sad story.



    Wow..
    Those albums with Nelson Riddle are incredible, and some of my favourites.
    Her Albums of Mexican folk songs as were great also.

    So sad to be forced into retirement in such a way.
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    Sep 06, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
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    You would!
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    Sep 06, 2013 6:04 AM GMT
    Thirdbeach said
    Aristoshark said
    I love her three Nelson Riddle albums too. Just hear her sing "What's New?"

    What a sad story.



    Wow..
    Those albums with Nelson Riddle are incredible, and some of my favourites.
    Her Albums of Mexican folk songs as were great also.

    So sad to be forced into retirement in such a way.


    Great albums! I need to hunt up my copies.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Sep 06, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
    BLESS YOU LINDA X
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    Sep 06, 2013 10:15 AM GMT
    GQjock saidOh that's horrible
    I love Linda..... but at 67 I don't think she'd hsvd that much of a singing career left
    She had a fantastic voice


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    She could have gone on forever! Like Lena Horne and Rosemary Clooney......many sang into their later years.

    Talk about 'The Soundtrack to My Life'!

    I remember when she dated Gov. Brown when he was gov. the first time around.