Even the best things can’t go on forever.
Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, known for hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” announced his surprising retirement on Monday, citing his recent diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease as the cause.
In a statement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said the disease had made it difficult to travel and tour, prompting the “Heartlight” singer to cancel the third leg of his 50th Anniversary Tour, which was set to hit Australia and New Zealand this March.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.”
The music icon pledged to remain involved in music through “writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.”
In his announcement, Diamond thanked fans.
“You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’” he said, making allusion to the lyrics of his classic song “Sweet Caroline.”
Contemporaries including Nancy Sinatra, Barry Manilow, and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, expressed their heartfelt feelings for the star.
Keep fighting, old buddy. You’ve got a long way to go yet. @NeilDiamond ❤️ Call the sun in the dead of the night and the sun’s gonna rise in the sky.
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) January 23, 2018
#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 (@barrymanilow) January 23, 2018
I’m sorry to hear about Neil Diamond’s Parkinsons diagnosis. Neil, I wish you all the best, buddy. pic.twitter.com/ZJm5ajscpm
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 23, 2018
Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, got his start in the music business writing songs for other artists, which included penning the Monkees hit “I’m a Believer.”
He soon made a name for himself as a performer in his own right, moving audiences with his soft, introspective style.
The artist has sold over 130 million albums worldwide, and performed 55 shows to sold-out crowds on his recent 50th Anniversary Tour alone.
Upon hearing news that fans in Australia and New Zealand were donating refunds from their concert tickets to charity, Diamond expressed admiration.
This makes me smile. Thank you. Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support. It makes a difference. https://t.co/TLZAa69q1B
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) January 23, 2018
In addition to his music, part of Diamond’s legacy is what he represents–one of the few remaining men with class in show business.