Legendary singer Neil Diamond has recently announced the news that he will retire from touring, after being diagnosed with the neurological condition, Parkinson’s Disease.
The 76-year-old Sweet Caroline singer was mid-way through his 50th anniversary tour, but revealed in a statement that he has been forced to cancel his March shows.
In a statement, Neil shared the devastating news with fans, apologising for cancelling the upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand.
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. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.'”
And now, the tributes from celebrity friends of the star have begun flooding in, offering messages of support to the celebrated singer.
Barry Manilow offered a heartfelt message. He wrote, “#Neil Diamond So, so sorry to hear about the great Neil Diamond’s illness. I’m rooting for you Neil! Fight on from another Brooklyn boy!”
Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy also sent her own message to dad-of-four Neil, saying, “Keep fighting, old buddy. You’ve got a long way to go yet. @NeilDiamond Call the sun in the dead of the night and the sun’s gonna rise in the sky.”
American singer Josh Groban also penned a message on Twitter, commenting “Endless admiration and love to you @NeilDiamond.”
Neil Diamond has shared on a message on his website, stating that he hoped to continue writing and recording songs for many years to come.
It’s not known how far Neil’s disease has progressed, but he was last seen perfoming in public in the UK and Ireland in October 2017. However, his website has shared that his Parkinson’s diagnosis “has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis”.
Parkinsons is a progressive neurological disease, which eventually worsens over time. People with the disease usually suffer tremors, speech problems, slowness of movement, balance problems and muscle stiffness.
Neil Diamond is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Grammy’s Ceremony on Sunday 28th January, to celebrate his huge success in the industry – and it’s now sure to be a poignant moment in music.