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Linda Ronstadt Opens Up About Parkinson's Battle

Linda Ronstadt is speaking out about her battle with Parkinson’s after the disease robbed her of her singing voice.

She says she can’t even sing in the shower.

Ronstadt says she first experienced vocal difficulties back in 2000 and the problem became progressively worse. Within a few years, she was forced to shout rather than sing during her packed performances. By 2009 she announced her retirement from the concert stage, and four years later she received her life-changing diagnosis.

Although she can no longer perform her classic songs, she occasionally appears at events, most recently filling a theater in Los Angeles to discuss her art and her life today.

Ronstadt also remains optimistic. She said, “I’m sure they’ll find something eventually. They’re learning so much more about it every day. If not, I mean, I’m 72. We’re all going to die. So, they say people usually die with Parkinson’s. They don’t always die of it because it’s so slow-moving. So, I’ll figure I’ll die of something. And I’ve watched people die, so I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of suffering, but I’m not afraid of dying.”

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