Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will retire from touring, the legendary singer announced on his website Monday night. Diamond had been performing in Australia and New Zealand a part of his 50th anniversary tour. On the recommendation of this doctors, his retirement is effective immediately, with the remainder of his tour dates canceled. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said in a statement. “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. I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.” Diamond, known for songs such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Forever in Blue Jeans,” will turn 77 on Wednesday.
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