Neil Diamond announces he has Parkinson's disease and retires from music.

posted by Carolyn McArdle -

One of my favorite artists of all time, Neil Diamond announced today that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is retiring from touring. 

The third leg of his 50th anniversary tour -- originally set to launch in March -- has been cancelled on doctor's orders.

Fans are said to be getting refunded in full.

Neil said in a statement ... "I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come." He added ... "My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement."

Neil finished by saying ... "The ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you." 

He'll be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammy's this weekend.

When I was a kid, my mom took me to see Neil Diamond (early 80's) at the Oakland Coliseum. He was my very first concert and I've been a fan ever since and I know I'm not alone. 

I will always be a HUGE fan for life.

--Carolyn McArdle

Jack and Carolyn talked about it on-air. Listen here: 

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