Neil Diamond Forced To Retire After Parkinson's Diagnosis

Neil Diamond has revealed he has Parkinson's Disease. The diagnosis has forced the legendary singer/songwriter to retire from touring as the onset of the disease is making traveling and performing on a large scale difficult.

Diamond, who turns 77 this week, was in the process of preparing for the third leg of his 50th anniversary tour Down Under. 

Although he will no longer tour, Diamond says he plans to remain active in writing and recording music. He says it's been an honor to bring his shows to the public for the past 50 years. He apologizes to those who've purchased tickets and promises a full refund.

“My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world,” he says in a statement. “You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

Check out Neil Diamond (below) singing his classic, "Sweet Caroline" recorded in 2008 at Madison Square Garden.

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