Music legend Neil Diamond has just shared with fans about his recent medical diagnosis. Diamond, who will be 77 years old on Jan. 24, has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
On Monday, the singer announced on his website about the recent diagnosis. He also went on to say that he will no longer being touring or continue with any upcoming performances due to his disease.
Diamond explained, “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” he said.”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”
Fortunately for fans of the "I'm a Believer" and "Red Red Wine" singer, they were able to see him perform one last time during the New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square. He performed his well-known hit "Sweet Caroline" as the crowd sang right along with him.
While he will no longer be on the big stage, he went on to say, "I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”
Diamond was about to begin the third leg of his tour of his 50th Anniversary tour before his doctors ordered otherwise. Unfortunately, Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that has no cure.
Are you a fan of Neil Diamond? Do you have a favorite song of his? Let us know your thoughts and prayers for Neil as he goes through this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones! In other recent news, Hollywood's oldest working actress has sadly recently passed away.