1. fausto fernandez, md says

    This is not a reflection on Linda, whom I love and who is not in the Health Sciences. Parkinson’s is NOT a difficult disease to diagnose. It’s just that there are many inept practitioners out there.

  2. greg says

    This news just makes me incredibly sad. There is Parkinsons in my family and it is a debilitating, cruel disease.

  3. says

    One of the great voices, and one I’ve listened to for many years now.

    I’d heard a charming, smart radio interview with Linda this past winter, in which she said she could no longer sing but didn’t say why, other than mentioning health issues. If the symptoms are mild, Parkinson’s can be difficult to diagnose–my mother received a conflicting diagnosis from 2 doctors within the same neurology practice, one thought she had it, one thought she didn’t.

  4. Akula says

    This is another reason that I can’t believe in a “loving god” “sadistic cruel god” yup I can believe that one exists but not when someone as wonderful as Linda Ronstadt is struck by a horrid thing like Parkinson’s and scum like the phelps clan and all the other hateful sub humans live healthy long lives. Sorry just had to vent, it saddens me to hear this news

  5. Vint says

    @FAUSTO: some cases of Parkinson’s are hard to diagnose, and others aren’t, and not exclusively because of inept practitioners. In a 2002 study, Schrag et. al. found that 15% of patients diagnosed as having Parkinson’s disease did not actually fulfill the clinical criteria for diagnosis, and 20% of patients with Parkinson’s disease were not diagnosed as such by their health care provider.

  6. Henry Holland says

    Living in Los Angeles in the pre-iPod 70’s, you couldn’t escape her on the radio. I never liked the music she did, but she had one of those voices that is really special. What a cruel twist of fate for her. :-(

  7. Leroy Laflamme says

    When an artist provides you with hours & hours of listening pleasure, you can’t help feeling like you really love them. I was devastated when Jose Carreras had leukemia in the 80s & was overjoyed when he recovered after treatment. Linda Ronstadt’s news just breaks my heart because of what she has yet to endure.

  8. Larry says

    We somehow expect physicians to be experts in all forms of disease. They can’t be. That is why we have to depend on specialists. This is not the fault of her previous doctors and it seems that she feels that too. At least she found one that figured it out.
    Such a loss for the world and for her. My heart goes out to her.

  9. mundus says

    How sad, a terrible loss of an incredibly talented lady; her unique voic will be sorely missed.

  10. Derrick from Philly says

    “And I think I’m gonna’ love you for long long time…”

    Yes, a great talent.

  11. shawnthesheep says

    Linda’s voice is timeless. I never really understood the allure of mariachi music until I heard her album Canciones de Mi Padre.

  12. Mitch says

    I’m terribly sad for Linda. Linda Ronstadt’s voice ruled the radio in the late 70’s and I was in my 20’s living in Austin, Texas. She became the sound that takes me back there. Beautiful music from a beautiful person at a very special time in a very special place.

    Her Trio record with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton is a musical treasure to this day. I’m really sorry she has to go through this. You’re in my prayers Ms. Ronstadt.

  13. David From Canada says

    Linda Ronstadt was one of the biggest female singers of the ’70’s and 80’s, and I have all of her records. Very versatile singer, including all the old, classic standards she recorded with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra.
    If you want to pay homage to this beautiful singer and gifted lady, buy her new memoir coming out this September, called “Simple Dreams”. I plan to.
    Linda, we love you!!

  14. Leroy Laflamme says

    I agree with DAVID FROM CANADA – the Nelson Riddle collaborations are among my favorite recordings. I also got a huge kick out of her interpretation of Mabel in the movie version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. I suspect she got a huge kick out of it too …

  15. millerbeach says

    Such a beautiful voice has been silenced. How very sad. All the best, Linda. Thanks for all the years of musical happiness you provided.