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Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's, retires from touring

ANI | Updated: Jan 23, 2018 17:12 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], January 23 (ANI): Legendary musician Neil Diamond will no longer be touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the 77-year-old musician and one of pop music's all-time best-selling artists, announced on his website that he had received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Diamond said, "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. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."

The statement also explained that the onset of the Parkinson's disease has "made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects."

"I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come," explained Diamond.

He concluded by saying thanks to his audiences and all the support they have given him.

"My thanks go 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," added Diamond.

Known for hits including 'Sweet Caroline'and 'Cracklin` Rosie', the Recording Academy plans to honour him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and 38 of his singles have made it to the Top 40, according to the academy. (ANI)