Neil Diamond announces Parkinson’s medical diagnosis, immediate retirement

Neil Diamond has been identified with Parkinson's disease, the vocalist exposed on his site Monday. The famous musician will be retiring, and has actually canceled the third leg of this 50th Anniversary tour.

"The onset of the disease has made it challenging to take a trip and perform on a large scale basis however will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and advancement of brand-new jobs," read the statement.The. tour was set

to extend to Australia and New Zealand this March.

"It is with fantastic unwillingness and frustration that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have actually been so honored to bring my programs to the public for the past 50 years," said Diamond in a statement, asking forgiveness to those who had actually acquired tickets to upcoming shows.Diamond will turn 77

on Wednesday. The Recording Academy will honor him with its Life Time Accomplishment Award on Sunday. Fans got to see him perform last month on Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square. On his website, Diamond added that he plans"to remain activein writing, taping and other tasks for a very long time to come."He closed his declaration by thanking his fans. "My thanks heads out to my loyal and dedicated audiences worldwide," he said.

"You will always have my gratitude for your assistance and support. This ride has been 'so great, so great, so great'thanks to you." This story is establishing ... Copyright 2017