The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine, in an article posted online on Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note.”
Ronstadt says she began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago, but attributed her inability to sing then to a tick disease. When her hands began to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was the result of a shoulder operation.
She said she was “completely shocked” when she finally saw a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.
“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”
Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records starting in the 1970s with pop hits like You’re No Good and When Will I Be Loved. But she also segued into country, pop standards and mariachi music, among other genres.
Ronstadt now uses poles to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when travelling, the story said.
Her autobiography will be released next month, but makes no mention of Parkinson’s or the loss of her voice, according to the story.
The singer’s New York-based managers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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