Jeff Cook, a longtime member of Alabama, revealed today he has Parkinson’s disease. The fiddle player and vocalist learned of the diagnosis four years ago, but decided the timing was right to share the news with fans.
With his bandmates Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry beside him, Jeff read a prepared statement saying that he’ll step back from his duties with the band beginning April 29. A combination of loss of coordination and balance, as well as the tremors, have made it too frustrating for him to keep playing.
“I’ve tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end,” he explained. “Let me say, I’m not calling it quits but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it’s time to take a break and heal.”
He will continue to appear at Alabama shows and even perform when he feels up to it, but for the most part his instrumental duties and vocals will be handled by another musician. Teddy and Randy say his microphone will remain on stage whether he’s there or not.
Source: Taste Of Country