American singer and songwriter, Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, prompting the singer to announce his retirement from touring.
The 76 years old Diamond known for such hits as “Sweet Caroline”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” said he plans to continue writing and recording.
“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. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement” Diamond said in a statement.
The singer had been planning a March tour of Australia and New Zealand as a part of his 50th anniversary tour. Those performances have been canceled, according to the statement.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that can cause tremors, slowness of movement and other symptoms, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation.