Linda Ronstadt made her career singing such hits as “You’re No Good,’ “Blue Bayou,’ and “Don’t Know Much’ (her classic duet with Aaron Neville), but according to The Hollywood Reporter she is now battling Parkinson’s Disease.
In an interview with AARP slated to be released next week, Linda explained: “I couldn’t sing… 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.”;
The 67-year-old was officially diagnosed with the degenerative disorder eight months ago, and says that she initially attributed her early symptoms like trembling hands to a recent shoulder operation.
“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,”; she said. The disease has stripped her of her singing voice, the same voice that earned her 11 Grammy Awards.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,”; she tells AARP. “No matter how hard you try.”;