Linda Ronstadt's singing career ended by Parkinson's disease

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt has revealed in an interview that she's battling Parkinson's disease.

Ronstadt, 67, said in an interview with AARP that she was diagnosed eight months ago. She said she believes she's had the disease for seven or eight years.

The singer said she first noticed that she was unable to sing, but ascribed that to a disease from a tick bite from which she says her health has "never recovered."

She said Parkinson's disease is hard to diagnose so when she finally saw a neurologist who gave her the diagnosis she said she was shocked.

Ronstadt uses poles to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when she travels.

She helped shape the folk-rock music scene in the 60s and 70s and has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, and an Emmy, according to the report.

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