Chicago co-founder, saxophonist and flutist Walt Parazaider, has revealed he is battling Alzheimer's disease. The 76-year-old musician has been off the road with the band since 2017 due to heart issues, and reached out via the official ChicagoTheBand.com website informing fans of his situation.
Walt Parazaider's message to fans regarding his Alzheimer's diagnosis:
So many of you have been very kind over the years with birthday and well wishes, I want to share some news with you before you saw rumors on the Internet. Five months ago, I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Needless to say, my wife, daughters and myself were shocked and devastated. It has taken a while to process this news and the fact is, we still are.