For the past few months, fans of Ozzy Osbourne have voiced their concerns about the singer’s health, and some media outlets even reported that the 71-year-old was “near death” and in “agonizing pain.” But, three weeks ago his daughter Kelly shot down those reports and said on social media that it wasn’t true. It turns out that Ozzy isn’t on his deathbed, but he does have some new health issues to deal with.
In an interview that aired on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, Ozzy and his wife Sharon told Robin Roberts that he was diagnosed with stage 2 Parkinson’s last February.
“There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s — it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body,” Sharon explained. “And it’s, it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
The Black Sabbath frontman also opened up about just how much pain he’s been in the past year after he took a nasty fall in his bathroom in 2019. The fall dislodged a number of metal rods in Ozzy’s body which he had received after a bike accident. After the fall, Ozzy says he received 15 screws in his spine.
Ozzy said that the past year has been the “worst, longest, most painful, miserable year” of his life. He said that the bathroom was “pitch black,” and when he fell he landed like a slam on the floor. Ozzy revealed that he remembered thinking that he had really “done it” this time.
Sharon called an ambulance for Ozzy after the fall, and he said it was all downhill after that.
.@OzzyOsbourne is known as "the Prince of Darkness" and for his crazy antics on stage and off, but the singer and and entertainment personality is opening up about something more serious. https://t.co/ZADQOzzBim
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 21, 2020
Ozzy’s health issues have delayed his NO MORE TOURS 2 tour, which was supposed to begin this month. He announced in November that he would have to delay the tour until October 2020 so he could focus on his health and recovery.
At the time, Osbourne said in a statement that he couldn’t wait to get off his butt and get going again, but his fans would have to be a bit more patient. Ozzy explained that he wanted to be 100 percent ready to come back so he could “come out and knock your f***ing socks off.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Parkinson’s disease – which is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement – doesn’t have a cure, but medication and surgery can relieve symptoms. Ozzy Osbourne says that he is currently on Parkinson’s medication and taking nerve pills.