Ozzy Osbourne reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis
Ozzy Osbourne announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
In an interview that aired on “Good Morning America,” the 71-year-old rocker — who has publicly suffered numerous health issues over the last year — told Robin Roberts he was diagnosed last February. His wife, Sharon Osbourne, said he has stage 2 Parkinson’s.
“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, 67, explained, “and it’s, it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
Parkinson’s, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, has no cure but can be alleviated by medications or surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The Black Sabbath frontman also addressed the nasty fall he took in his “pitch-black” bathroom in 2019 that dislodged numerous metal rods in his body, which he had received after a previous bike accident. He had to receive 15 screws in his spine following the accident.
“[It] was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life,” he recounted during the interview. “When I had the fall, it was pitch black, I went to the bathroom and I fell. I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor and I remember lying there thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now,’ really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that, it was all downhill.”
In November, Osbourne announced that his “NO MORE TOURS 2” tour, which was supposed to kick off this month, would be delayed until October so he could continue to recover from his maladies.
“I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient,” Osbourne said in a statement at the time. “I want to be 100 percent ready to come out and knock your f–king socks off.”
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