Singer Linda Ronstadt Battles Parkinson's Disease

The star said her disease has left her without the ability to sing.
1:42 | 08/24/13

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Loved American singer and her health Linda Ronstadt saying she now has parkinson's. And that she can no longer -- Singer Linda Ronstadt and desperado. And for that -- were extraordinary range now saying she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a neurological disorder eight months ago repealing or ability to sing. It's been stolen. At 67 years old saying I can't sing a note telling AARP magazine no one can sing with parkinson's -- -- matter how hard you try. I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why she told the magazine I knew it was mechanical I knew we had to do with the muscles. Parkinson's affects the nervous system 60000 Americans are diagnosed every year thousands more undetected. There are treatments but -- reverse the effects among the symptoms tremors or balanced difficulty with coordination. Wannstedt says she uses polls to help walk sometimes relying on a wheelchair. She won eleven grammys over the years famous for so many -- Number one hit early on hurt so bad. So many more -- skyrocketing on the billboard charts for the years that followed. -- -- -- Yeah. -- started performing at just fourteen with her siblings later in her career winning one of those grammys. For that duel with Aaron Neville. Don't know much. What a gorgeous voice Wannstedt has -- a more coming out next month called simple dreams. So many people pulling for Linda Ronstadt tonight.

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