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Neil Diamond announces retirement, Parkinson's diagnosis

Neil Diamond performs at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Entertainer Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, prompting the singer to retire from touring.

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 9:51 AM

Entertainer Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and because of the diagnosis the 76-year-old singer says he is retiring from touring.

The neurodegenerative disorder can cause tremors, slowness of movement and other symptoms.

Diamond is known for hits such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Forever in Blue Jeans.”

The singer had been planning concerts in Australia and New Zealand as part of his 50th anniversary tour. According to a statement released by Diamond, those performances have been canceled.

Diamond say he still plans to continue writing and recording.

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