Ozzy Osbourne, his children and his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, have revealed details about Ozzy‘s health battle after his well documented fall last year, and his Parkinson’s diagnosis last February in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America”.
In early 2019, Ozzy fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery. As a result, Ozzy scrapped all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered.
“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Ozzy told Roberts. “I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”
To complicate the matters further, Osbourne revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that progresses slowly in most people, and has no cure. The singer is now taking medication for Parkinson’s and nerve pain.
“It’s PRKN 2,” said his wife, Sharon. “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. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
While it was difficult for the rock star to address what he’s gone through in the past year, his fans have also been a source of support. “They’re my air, you know,” said Ozzy of his fans. “I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact that I have — a case of Parkinson’s. And I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.”
“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery; my legs keep going cold,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”
Ozzy said that he wanted to come clean and let his fans know about what’s been going on. “I’m no good with secrets,” he said. “I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”
With the support of his family, Osbourne is on the road to recovery and is even turning to doctors outside the U.S. for other forms of treatment. “We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here,” said Sharon. “So in April — we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with — getting your immune system at its peak.”
Ozzy is not the only high-profile heavy metal musician battling Parkinson’s disease. JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier. Pat Torpey, the longtime drummer for rock group MR. BIG, died in February 2018 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Ozzy‘s new solo album, “Ordinary Man”, will arrive on February 21 via Epic Records. Last week, a trailer for the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne documentary titled Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy was released. The documentary will premiere at this spring’s South By Southwest festival. The 86-minute film, will tell the story of the former Black Sabbath singer from childhood to solo stardom to reality-TV megafame. Ozzy, his wife Sharon and son Jack Osbourne are among the executive producers of the picture, which former Osbournes producer R. Greg Johnston directed.
Check out the trailer below.
The former Black Sabbath front-man will return to the stage in Atlanta on May 27. Find all his live dates on his Facebook page.