The music world is losing one it's most beloved and best-selling artists. At least from the stage.
On Monday, Neil Diamond announced that he would be retiring from live performances and tour life after it was revealed that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," he said in a statement on his website, stating that the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform.
Singer Neil Diamond is retiring from concert touring after announcing that he has #Parkinsons disease. He says his… https://t.co/AzIbShAz8d— Neurology Now (@Neurology Now)1516744842.0
But the music legend, most well-known for hits like "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," and "Solitary Man" assured his fans that the disease wouldn't stop him from pursuing music in other ways.
"I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come," he promised. "My thanks goes out to my loyal 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."
The news comes ahead of Diamond's 77th birthday on Wednesday, and after the recent announcement that Diamond will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammy Awards. The honor follows previous inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, along with Diamond's inclusion in the Kennedy Center Honors, also in 2011.
Once the word got out, tributes from fans and fellow musicians came pouring in. Including from Neil Sadaka, who worked with Diamond at the famous Brill Building, churning out hits in the 60s:
For all the joy @NeilDiamond has brought to the world, I know it will come back to him ten fold. Sending all my lov… https://t.co/hWOvezjYIN— Neil Sedaka (@Neil Sedaka)1516727393.0
Micky Dolenz, who covered Diamond's "I'm A Believer" with the Monkees, launching the group into superstardom, also sent his well wishes, telling PEOPLE in a statement:
"Needless to say, I am dismayed at the news that one of the greatest songwriter/performers of my generation is having to curtail his activities due to illness. Through his music, Neil brought untold joy to countless fans and to the world in general. I wish you all the best, Neil, and a remain a 'Believer' in everything you do."
Social media was awash with love for the music icon:
#Neil Diamond So,so sorry to hear about the great Neil Diamond’s illness. I’m rooting for you Neil! Fight on from another Brooklyn boy!— Barry Manilow (@Barry Manilow)1516676707.0
I’m sorry to hear about Neil Diamond’s Parkinsons diagnosis. Neil, I wish you all the best, buddy. https://t.co/ZJm5ajscpm— Brian Wilson (@Brian Wilson)1516725061.0
I just wanted to say to you @NeilDiamond Thank you for these years of touring and your timeless beautiful music tha… https://t.co/ywetMaUKgj— Carnie Wilson (@Carnie Wilson)1516724153.0
@ABC Keep fighting, old buddy. You've got a long way to go yet. @NeilDiamond ❤️ Call the sun in the dead of the ni… https://t.co/RdED0VhCZV— Nancy Sinatra (@Nancy Sinatra)1516680002.0
Sweet Caroline - Thank you Neil Diamond❤️ You will be with us as long as there are people who love great songs… https://t.co/AxAfhSZurR— Mia Farrow (@Mia Farrow)1516715916.0
Endless admiration and love to you @NeilDiamond https://t.co/EJfjSsPkgw— josh groban (@josh groban)1516684489.0
We're all wishing the best for the living legend.