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November 23, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
FOR PEOPLE with Parkinson's disease, the rest of your life begins on the day of your diagnosis. It's your own Sept. 11 or, if you're old enough, Nov. 22, Kennedy's assassination. It's unforgettable. For me, that day was Feb. 5, 1990. It was like a death sentence with no chance of a pardon. I was told control of my body would slip away. I feared the same would happen to my mind.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Linda Ronstadt has disclosed that she is suffering from Parkinson's disease , and that the neurological disorder has left her unable to sing. The 67-year-old musician made the disclosure in an  AARP Magazine interview  posted online Friday. Ronstadt, an 11-time Grammy winner, said that she was diagnosed with the neurological ailment about eight months ago and "can't sing a note. " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times “No one can sing with Parkinson's disease,” Ronstadt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 75-year-old man who was reported missing over the weekend was found Tuesday when a homeowner in East Long Beach heard moans in his backyard, police said. Kenneth Charles Heilman, who has Parkinson's disease, left his home for a doctor's appointment Friday and disappeared.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Linda Ronstadt, who recently went public with her diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, will appear in Los Angeles next month to talk about her upcoming memoir. Parkinson's has taken away her ability to sing, but she still plans to talk about her book, "Simple Dreams. " Ronstadt will appear at the literary speakers series Writers Bloc in conversation with Patt Morrison. Tickets to the event, which will be held Sept. 24 in Santa Monica, are $25. "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir" includes her personal history, stories of her loves and friendships, and the stories behind some of her songs.
OPINION
November 30, 2005
Re "Hot on Parkinson's Trail," Nov. 27 The Parkinson's disease-afflicted farmer had "long suspected that [weedkillers and other toxic compounds] were somehow responsible for his disease" because he is endowed, like all of us, with sufficient common sense to know that exposure to toxic chemicals will sooner or later have detrimental health effects. The popularity of the more expensive organic produce further attests to the tacit assumption among the public that there are significant health risks associated with conventional chemical-laced produce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Booth Gardner, a two-term Democratic governor who later in life spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill, has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. Gardner died Friday at his Tacoma home, said family spokesman Ron Dotzauer. The millionaire heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune served as the state's 19th governor from 1985 to 1993 following terms as Pierce County executive, state senator and business school dean.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
At NBC's Upfront presentation Monday at Radio City Hall in New York City, the beleaguered peacock network was betting big on Michael J. Fox.   In a sign of its importance to the network, "The Michael J. Fox Show" was the first new series to be showcased during Monday's 90-minute presentation and was introduced by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. VIDEO: NBC comedy trailers 2013 It stars the much-loved actor -- who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1998 and left the ABC sitcom "Spin City" in 2000 to spend time with his family and raise awareness of the disease -- as a version of himself: a well-known newscaster afflicted with Parkinson's disease who decides to return to television after several years out of the spotlight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Long Beach police are seeking the public's help in finding a 75-year-old man with Parkinson's disease who has been missing since Friday. Kenneth Charles Heilman left his home on Tevis Avenue for a 4 p.m. doctor's visit near Clark Avenue and Atherton Street. On Monday, police found his Saturn along the route to his doctor's office. Heilman is white, 5 feet 10, with a patch of gray hair and a mustache. He also has diabetes and needs medicine.
NEWS
September 22, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
An ailing 78-year-old Canadian man committed suicide with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's help after consulting with him several times, Kevorkian's attorney said in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Natverlal H. Thakore of British Columbia suffered from Parkinson's disease, said Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian's attorney. He killed himself Saturday night. In a letter Fieger sent to the media, Thakore said he wanted to die in a dignified way. It would be the fourth suicide linked to Kevorkian since Aug. 29.
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