Singer Linda Ronstadt Loses Her Voice, Diagnosed With Parkinson's

ABC News' Bianna Golodryga takes a look back at the amazing career of the music icon.
2:11 | 08/26/13

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Transcript for Singer Linda Ronstadt Loses Her Voice, Diagnosed With Parkinson's
I like this story. Shocking announcement from music icon linda ronstadt. The star revealing she has parkinson's and can no longer sing. Abc's bianna golodryga looks at an incredible career that has now been silenced. ♪ You don't -- Reporter: She could belt out anthems. ♪ So sad. Reporter: And prune ballads with the best of them. ♪ Because I love you ♪ Reporter: That golden voice silenced. One of the most award winning singers now says she has parkinson's and that the neurological disorder has robbed her of the ability to sing. In an interview with aarp magazine ronstadt says "i couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why. I knew it was mechanical so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, objection, you have parkinson's disease, I was completely shocked. No one can sing with parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try. You're talking about a progressive weakening and deterioration of muscular function and speaking is a very complex muscular movement. When you talk about singing it's those muscle groups involved times ten. Reporter: The 67-year-old says she was diagnosed with the disease just eight months ago, but she's had symptoms such as trembling hands for years. She says she sometimes has to walk with poles and travels with a wheelchair. ♪ Blew bayou." Reporter: Songs like "blew bayou" showcasing her amazing vocal strange and "you're so vain." The woman who spent all her life singing is speaking out about her next chapter without that silky voice that made her famous. For "good morning america," bianna golodryga, abc news, new york. amazing, amazing voice. So many -- one of my favorite artists when I was in high school. I can sing all the words to her songs. Really, I know. Incredible. Such a clear ringing voice.

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