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Monday
Sep162013

Linda Ronstadt Reveals How Parkinson's Disease Rendered Her Unable to Sing

Image credit: Rocky SchenckLinda Ronstadt says her battle with Parkinson's disease had affected her singing so much that it was as if her "elevator would go to the wrong floor all the time."

The 67-year-old singing legend made the comment to Diane Sawyer on Friday night's edition of ABC's World News. She recalled that she'd reached a point when she was no longer able to hit the proper notes while performing. She also noted, "It was hard to comb my hair. It was hard to brush my teeth. It was hard to wash my hair. Hard to get my hands up over my head."

Linda suspects that she may have unknowingly been suffering from Parkinson's for 12 to 15 years before she was officially diagnosed.

Linda revealed her battle -- and that fact that she can no longer perform -- last month to AARP magazine. She doesn't address it in her new memoir, Simple Dreams, which will be released Tuesday, because she hadn't been diagnosed as she was completing work on it.

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