Legendary singer Neil Diamond announced he would be retiring from touring after receiving a surprising diagnosis.
Two days before Diamond's 77th birthday, he made an announcement via his website that shocked fans around the world, according to LittleThings.
Diamond announced he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and would have to retire from touring and cancel all scheduled performances.
"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," Diamond wrote in his statement. "My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come."
He concluded, "My thanks goes out to my loyal fans and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you."
Diamond was scheduled to visit Australia and New Zealand for part of his 50th Anniversary tour, after touring the U.S. and Europe throughout 2017.
Paul Dainty, the president and CEO of TEG Dainty, the company promoting the tour, issued a statement regarding the tour's cancelation.
"I am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil's illness and his retirement from touring," Dainty wrote. "I have had the honor 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."
Readers and fans shared their thoughts on the surprising news on the LittleThings Facebook page.
"Thank you Neil for sooooooo many Great songs," one reader commented. "Got to see you many times last one was this past May in New Orleans and as always you were great. My boys grew up listing to you and for many years our Grandson thought our car only played your music. Thank You for all the good times."
"Keep on battling, I'm sure you have some more great songs inside of you," another user wrote. "Love your music, lucky enough to see you several times. My sons really enjoy your music too. be strong x."
"We were so lucky to get tickets to see him perform in Montreal, about 5 years ago," another fan added. "Fabulous show, it was like having him in your living room to perform a private show, the stories, the songs, the voice, the music, timeless."