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EntertainmentLinda Ronstadt on Life After Parkinson’s Stole Her Singing Voice: 'In My Mind, I Can Still Sing'

21:41  04 september  2019
21:41  04 september  2019 Source:   people.com

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Linda Ronstadt ‘s voice put her on top of the music charts for decades and won her 10 Grammys — but Ronstadt was officially diagnosed with Parkinson ’ s disease in 2013, but she lost her singing voice Says Ronstadt , “ In my mind — in my imagination — I can still sing .” For more on Linda

When Linda Ronstadt found herself struggling to sing Photos: Linda Ronstadt : A life in pictures. In 2013, Ronstadt revealed that she could no longer sing because of Parkinson ' s disease. And I was made most aware of it by having it banished. I can still sing in my mind , but I can 't do it physically."

Linda Ronstadt‘s voice put her on top of the music charts for decades and won her 10 Grammys — but her career came to a devastating end when Parkinson’s disease robbed her of her singing voice.

“It’s like not having a leg or an arm, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” the “Long Long Time” singer, 73, explains in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, featured in this week’s issue. (A documentary about her impressive career, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, will premiere in theaters on Friday.)

Ronstadt was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, but she lost her singing voice four years earlier.

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Linda Ronstadt never stopped singing . “ I like to do whatever I want,” says Ronstadt , pictured here outside her A degenerative disease, similar to Parkinson ’ s , has stolen her voice , along with If a line in a song spoke to her life , she’d work it through ceaselessly until she had refit it for her own voice .

In a revealing interview, the legendary singer -songwriter Linda Ronstadt opens up to Tracy Smith about her career, the loss of her singing voice , and Linda Ronstadt Reveals What Life Is Like After Singing Silenced By Parkinson ' s Disease - Продолжительность: 1:03:00 KPIX CBS SF Bay

“It felt like something was wrong, but I couldn’t tell what it was,” she says, describing the initial symptoms. “First, I thought it was my headphone mix, then I thought it was the microphone, then I thought some frequencies were just missing from my voice. It got slowly, steadily worse.”

Linda Ronstadt on Life After Parkinson’s Stole Her Singing Voice: 'In My Mind, I Can Still Sing' © Amy Sussman/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Linda Ronstadt | Amy Sussman/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Ronstadt struggled to make two albums as her voice worsened. The mother of two was initially told it was “nerves,” before she was diagnosed by a neurologist.

Filled with sadness, Ronstadt adjusted slowly to the loss of her instrument. In time, her mobility declined as well.

Linda Ronstadt on Life After Parkinson’s Stole Her Singing Voice: 'In My Mind, I Can Still Sing' © RB/Redferns Linda Ronstadt | RB/Redferns

“There’s nothing I can do and I just learned how to live with it,” she says. These days, the rock icon can’t walk far and has severe back pain that keeps her mostly at home.

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In a wide-ranging interview at her home in San Francisco, Linda Ronstadt spoke candidly about losing her singing voice to Parkinson ' s disease, her love for

Linda Ronstadt ‘s voice put her on top of the music charts for decades and won her 10 Grammys — but her career came to a devastating end when Parkinson ’ s disease robbed her of her singing voice . “It’s like not having a leg or an arm, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” the “Long Long Time”

“I can’t sit up in a theater and it’s hard to go to a movie or an opera,” Ronstadt says. “I try to get out, but it’s about once a year.”

In one of her less “graceful” moments, Ronstadt recalls falling just before she was supposed to present friend Dolly Parton with her MusiCares award back in February.

“Unfortunately, [Dolly] didn’t realize how disabled I was, and she came and gave me a big hug,” Ronstadt recalls. “I said, ‘Dolly, you’re going to knock me down.’ She thought I was kidding.”

Unbalanced by the hug, Ronstadt started to fall and grabbed onto the pedestal holding Parton’s award. The trophy, which was made of glass, fell to the floor and broke into pieces.

“Dolly was a good sport about it,” Ronstadt tells PEOPLE. “She said she took the pieces home.”

Linda Ronstadt on Life After Parkinson’s Stole Her Singing Voice: 'In My Mind, I Can Still Sing' © Kevin Mazur/Getty Linda Ronstadt | Kevin Mazur/Getty

Though Ronstadt can no longer sing and struggles to get around, she hasn’t lost complete connection to the talent that has guided her life since she was a teenager.

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Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence Upcoming releases include Linda Ronstadt : The Sound of My Voice . Greenwich is led by an experienced Linda Ronstadt Not Silenced By Parkinson ’ s Despite Losing Ability To Sing

Linda Ronstadt : I ’m so not current it’s embarrassing. I listen mostly to live music, and mostly my musical By my singing . They have a new way of diagnosing Parkinson ’ s ; it’s with an algorithm and they If I try to put any pressure— I can ’t project my voice very far. And my speaking voice is affected.

Says Ronstadt, “In my mind — in my imagination — I can still sing.”

For more on Linda Ronstadt, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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