Neil Diamond retires from touring after Parkinson's diagnosis

Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring following a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," The 76-year-old musician said in a statement.

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

Diamond on the Graham Norton Show in 2014. Credit: PA

The Sweet Caroline singer offered his "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," he said.

"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."

Diamond was due to embark on the third leg of his 50th anniversary tour in Australia and New Zealand in March.

The gigs followed concerts in Europe, including the UK and Ireland, and the US in 2017.