People have been speculating for years what could possibly be wrong with Jeff Cook from the band Alabama.  Many thought he struggled with substance abuse as he would often look shaky on stage.  But recently, the fiddle player explained that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. 

According to MSN, Cook read a prepared statement to USA Today Journalists.  He said, "This disease robs you of your coordination, your balance, and causes tremors.  For me, this has made it extremely frustrating to try and play guitar, fiddle or sing."

The good news is that he doesn't plan to quit.  But he did say that this means he will be taking a break.  Something that is all too familiar to the band's lead singer, Randy Owen.  Owen was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

The band however stands by their statement that Jeff's mic will always be there for him if he ever decides he'd like to sit in and sing with them.  They are still holding out hope that his health will improve and he will be able to join them back on stage.  But until the day that he does, they will continue on without him.  That's what he told them he would like them to do.

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