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Linda Ronstadt Says Parkinson's Disease Has Ended Her Singing Career

By August 24, 2013

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Linda Ronstadt

One of the top female pop singers of all time has been silenced by Parkinson's Disease. AARP Magazine released an interview on Friday in which 67 year old Linda Ronstadt spoke about details of her battle with the disease. She was diagnosed eight months ago. However, she believes she has actually had symptoms of Parkinson's Disease for seven or eight years but thought they were related to a tick disease and other injuries. One impact has been that she can no longer sing. Linda Ronstadt said that she is forced to use poles when she walks and a wheelchair when traveling.

Linda Ronstadt was one of the most succesful female singers of the mid to late 1970s. She released six consecutive top 5 charting platinum certified albums from 1974 through 1980. Her 1983 album of jazz and pop standards What's New returned her to the top 3 and introduced a whole new generation of pop fans to the classic songs. Linda Ronstadt hit the top 10 on the pop singles chart 10 times. She has won 11 Grammy Awards in her career. See her performing live below.

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