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In this Sept. 26, 2014, photo, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond poses for a portrait at his former high school, Erasmus Hall High School in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Based on his doctors' advice, the third leg of Diamond's 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been cancelled.

"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," he said in a statement on Monday.

"I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. 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.

"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."

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