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Neil Diamond Cancels 50th Anniversary Tour After Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

Neil Diamond, singer of “Sweet Caroline” and other hits, canceled the rest of his 50th anniversary tour and announced his retirement from touring after a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

Diamond was scheduled to perform in Australia and New Zealand in March, following his performances in the U.S. and Europe.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said in a statement on his website two days before his 77th birthday. “I have been so honored 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.”

Diamond said he plans to continue writing, recording and developing new songs and projects. Parkinson’s disease is progressive and affects the nervous system. It causes tremors, muscle stiffness, changes in speech and other symptoms, according to Mayo Clinic.

On Twitter, fans and fellow musicians reacted to the news.

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