Linda Ronstadt: Iconic Singer Reveals She Has Parkinson’s Disease

Sat, August 24, 2013 11:15am EST by 9 Comments
Linda Ronstadt Parkinson's

What a tragedy! One of the most beautiful singers in history revealed on Aug. 23 that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and as a result will never be able to use her amazing singing voice again.

Linda Ronstadt, 67, will always be remembered as the unbelievably talented pop singer who crooned hits like “Hurt So Bad” and “You’re No Good,” but unfortunately, her singing days are over due to a debilitating disease.

Linda Ronstadt: Parkinson’s Disease Stole My Voice

The songstress revealed on Aug. 23 that she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease in an interview with AARP magazine. Linda said that she had just been diagnosed eight months ago, but had been experiencing symptoms for nearly eight years.

She and her doctors had been attributing her ailments to a tick bite, until she was finally properly diagnosed earlier this year.

And those ailments — hand tremors and difficulty controlling muscles — have made it nearly impossible for her to sing. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” she sadly stated in the interview, “No matter how hard you try.”

Linda, who gave the interview in anticipation of the release of her upcoming memoir “Simple Dreams,” also disclosed that she now uses poles when walking on uneven ground and that she also travels with a wheelchair.

Linda Ronstadt: A Singer Like No Other

As a singer whose octaves spanned all the way from contralto to soprano, Linda owned the ’70s and ’80s, cranking out hit after hit like “Just One Look,” “Blue Bayou” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.” Over the course of her career she won 11 Grammys.

It is just so tragic to see Linda’s remarkable talent robbed from her. Singing was her life, and she no longer has that. We’re playing “Hurt So Bad” on repeat in your honor, Linda.

WATCH: Linda Ronstadt – “Hurt So Bad”

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