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Tucson singer Linda Ronstadt speaks on Parkinsons diagnosis

Linda Ronstadt

Legendary singer-songwriter and Tucson native, Linda Ronstadt, will open up about her career, living with Parkinson’s and more in a revealing interview for CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, February 3.

Ronstadt, who is 72, has sold more than 100 million records and is known for such hits as “You’re No Good,” “It’s So Easy,” and “Blue Bayou.”

Ronstadt told CBS correspondent Tracy Smith she noticed something was wrong with her voice in 2000. The problem emerged when she tried singing and couldn’t. She then found herself yelling at concerts rather than singing.

Ronstadt played her last show in 2009, and retired from the stage before she knew what was really happening to her. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Today, Ronstadt can no longer sing. “I can’t even sing in the shower,” she said.

She has not disappeared, however. Last fall, before a packed house, Ronstadt appeared on stage at a theater in Los Angeles to talk about her music and her life. And this week, Ronstadt will release her first-ever live album, “Linda Ronstadt Live in Hollywood,” which includes 12 songs from a 1980 concert originally shot for an HBO special.

Also in the wide-ranging interview, Ronstadt talked with Smith about her life today.

She talks about the future and hopes for a cure for Parkinson’s. “I’m sure they’ll find something eventually,” she said. “They’re learning so much more about it every day. If not, I mean, I’m 72. We’re all going to die. So, they say people usually die with Parkinson’s. They don’t always die of it because it’s so slow-moving. So, I’ll figure I’ll die of something. And I’ve watched people die, so I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of suffering, but I’m not afraid of dying.”

Ronstadt was born in Tucson in 1943 to a family that was already well established in the area as ranchers. The city has even dedicated several buildings in the area to the Ronstadt name.

Watch a preview clip here and be sure to tune in to CBS Sunday Morning for the full interview.