Linda Ronstadt Suffering From Parkinson’s, Lost Singing Voice
Linda Ronstadt once dated Star Wars creator George Lucas
Linda Ronstadt, the “You're No Good” singer, recently revealed that she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight months ago. The disease has made it impossible for the music legend to sing.
It was over eight years ago that Ronstadt first began experiencing symptoms, including the loss of her vocal abilities, according to AARP magazine. At the time, she’d attributed it to a tick disease. She later blamed a shoulder operation for her trembling hands.
As for Parkinson’s disease, “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” said the legendary singer. "No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try."
Throughout her prolific career, Ronstadt sold tens of millions of records and took home a number of Grammy awards. In the 70s, she was best known for her pop-friendly hits, such as “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.” Later on in her career, Ronstadt transitioned into a number of other genres – country, mariachi and pop standards among others.
Along with gaining notoriety through her numerous music successes, Ronstadt has also become known through her high-profile romances. She has previously been in relationships with California Governor Jerry Brown and the recently remarried Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Ronstadt, who now uses poles and a wheelchair to get around, has not included a discussion of her Parkinson’s disease in her autobiography that’s set to hit newsstands next month.
– Chelsea Regan