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Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond performs in concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Neil Diamond retired from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease


Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50th anniversary tour.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the third leg of his 50th Anniversary tour, was set to launch in March with shows in Australia and New Zealand, was canceled after being medically recommended by his doctor. Fans who already purchased tickets will be refunded in full.

“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come,” the singer wrote in a statement Monday on his website. “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 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offered his "sincerest apologies" to those who planned to go to his shows and says he plans to still write, record and work on other projects "for a long time to come."

Diamond's numerous hits include "Sweet Caroline," ''America," ''Love on the Rocks" and "Hello Again."

Diamond will receive the lifetime achievement award at Sunday's Grammy awards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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