Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Fans and celebrities, including Brian Wilson, Barry Manilow and Reba McEntire, have shown their support for Neil Diamond on social media after the singer announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
The music icon is retiring from touring to get treatment. Diamond was in the midst of a 50th anniversary tour with remaining dates in Australia and New Zealand getting canceled.
"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," he said in a statement at the time. "My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."
Diamond, on social media Tuesday, thanked everyone for their support in response to a tweet from his wife Katie Diamond who said fans in Australia and New Zealand were donating their ticket refunds to Parkinson's research and other charities.
"This makes me smile. Thank you. Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support. It makes a difference," the music icon said.
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
"I'm sorry to hear about Neil Diamond's Parkinsons diagnosis. Neil, I wish you all the best, buddy," said Wilson on Twitter in support.
"#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!" said Manilow.
#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
"Thank you Neil Diamond for 50 wonderful years of your great music, amazing personality and love for your audience. Keep up the good fight, we love you! @neildiamond," said McEntire on Instagram.