Singer Linda Ronstadt Says Parkinson’s Disease Stole Her Voice

Posted on Aug 29 2013 - 6:32am by Conrado Simon

lindaSinger Linda Ronstadt says she is suffering from Parkinson’s, a disease that stole her ability to sing.

The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine that she was diagnosed of having the disease eight months ago and now, she “can’t sing a note.”

Ronstadt says symptoms of the disease began showing about eight years ago, but thought her inability to sing then was due to a tick disease. When her hands started to tremble, Ronstadt said she thought the shaking was due to a shoulder operation.

She said she was “completely shocked” when she went for a checkup and a neurologist diagnosed her with Parkinson’s disease. “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.”

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt tells AARP music writer Alanna Nash. “No matter how hard you try.”

More than a Singer

Ronstadt sold millions of records during her career that began in the 1970s with pop hits like “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.” She also segued into country, pop standards and mariachi music, among other genres.

She was also known for her romances with then California Gov. Jerry Brown and director George Lucas of Star Wars fame.

Ronstadt now uses poles to walk on uneven ground and a wheelchair when traveling. Her autobiography will be released next month, but will not include her battle with Parkinson’s or the loss of her voice, according to AARP.