Neil Diamond announces retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson's


Jan 23, 2018 16:17:56 IST

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring due to his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

 Neil Diamond announces retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinsons

Neil Diamond. Getty Images.

The third leg of Diamond's 50th Anniversary tour, scheduled for Australia and New Zealand in March, has been cancelled based on a doctors' advice, reports

Diamond will, however, plans to remain active in "writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come", he said in a statement.

He will turn 77 on 24 January. Four days later, he will be honoured at the Grammy Awards when the Recording Academy presents him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," he said.

"I have been so honoured 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 singer has numbers like 'Sweet Caroline', 'Shiro' and 'Songs of Life' to his credit.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2018 16:17:56 IST