Alan Jackson has a degenerative nerve disease, country star reveals
Alan Jackson has a degenerative nerve disease, the country star reveals
Alan Jackson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome,
a set of diseases characterized by nerve loss that has hampered his ability to move and maintain balance on stage.
Jackson, 62, told Jenna Bush Hager of the “TODAY” program that he got the illness from his father and that it has impacted many members of his family.
He was diagnosed with cancer ten years ago.
“It’s been hurting me for years,” Jackson added, “and it’s becoming more and more apparent.” “And I know I’m stumbling about on stage,
and now I’m having a little difficulty balancing even in front of the microphone, and so I’m just really uncomfortable,
and I just want people to know that’s why I look like I do,” she says.
He said that he does not want people to feel sorry for him and that the illness is “not deadly,
but it will ultimately cripple me.”
“Where Have You Gone,” Jackson’s first new studio album in six years,
was released this spring. He just has one more tour date,
which was rescheduled from 2020 and will take place on October 8 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
He has no intention of stopping performing live.
“I’ve always felt I’d never want to do a retirement tour as other people do,
then take a year off and come back,” he said. “It’s corny, but I’ve always loved some of my heroes…they never retire, and they just play as long as they can and want to, and that’s something I’d want to do if my health allows it.”