Eleven time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt revealed that she has been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease on Saturday (August 24).
The 67-year-old singer who is known for her hits such as Somewhere Out There and Desperado, was diagnosed with the illness eight months ago.
She 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. I think I”ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I”ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought thats why my hands were trembling.”
Though she can no longer sing, Ms. Ronstadt is still making appearances, using a wheelchair or poles to get around. Her memoir Simple Dreams comes to bookstores on September 17.