Linda Ronstadt Reveals She has Parkinson's


Linda Ronstadt Reveals She has Parkinson's

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.