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Neil Diamond Cancels Tour, Announces Departure After Parkinson's Diagnosis

Jan. 23 2018, Updated 12:52 p.m. ET

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Neil Diamond has cancelled his tour dates after receiving a shocking Parkinson's diseases diagnosis.

"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," said Neil Diamond in a heartbreaking statement. "My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."

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The legendary singer was set to perform in Australia and New Zealand in upcoming months. It would have been the third leg of Diamond's 50th Anniversary tour.

"I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come," he assured his fans.

"My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement," added Neil Diamond. "This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you."

As RadarOnline.com has learned, Neil Diamond will celebrate his 77th birthday later this month, on January 24. Four days later, The Recording Academy will honor him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG Dainty shared his sadness over the singer's news and illness. "I am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil's illness and his retirement from touring," he said. "I have had the honour of promoting Neil's numerous tours in Australia and New Zealand, he is one of the world's greatest artists and we and his thousands and thousands of fans here will miss seeing him tour down under."

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