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Neil Diamond – always a Buffalo favorite – diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

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Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the singer revealed on his website Monday.

The legendary musician will be retiring, and has canceled the third leg of this 50th Anniversary tour.

“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 Diamond in a statement, apologizing to those who had purchased tickets to upcoming shows.

The tour was set to extend to Australia and New Zealand this March, but the musician’s website stated that “the onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis.” Tickets purchased will be refunded.

Diamond will turn 77 on Wednesday, and the Recording Academy will honor him with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys on Sunday.

Diamond’s shows were always huge hits here in Buffalo.  He played the Key Bank Center in Buffalo in March of 2015.

Mary Friona

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Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.